Pier group after volunteers

Hastings Pier
Hastings Pier

BUOYED by the recent announcement that a team of architects had been chosen to design a new pier, members of the group fighting to rescue it are appealing for new volunteers.

The Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) is holding a volunteer workshop day tomorrow (Saturday) at the White Rock Hotel opposite the pier.

Running from 1pm until 5pm the event will give local people the chance to meet trustees and find out more about how the mission to save the pier is progressing and, more importantly, how they can help out.

The HPWRT announced last week that top London-based firm de Rijke Marsh Morgan had been given the job of designing a modern pier, after Hastings Borough Council stumped up the cash to help push the project forward.

Volunteers are needed to help arrange future fundraisers, man the pier’s shop, help with marketing, design and PR and general admin.

And the trust is also looking for people who can help distribute leaflets and collection boxes over the coming weeks.

The trust has also launched a new website, which it hopes will help people keep up to date with the progress of the restoration plans, as well as make it easy for people to make donations, become members and join in with some of the events and funding raising activities planned for the year.

There are also plans afoot to open a pier showroom on part of the old White Rock Baths site and the trust is taking part in British Tourism Week’s party on the pier – although obviously not on Hastings Pier.

A host of activities are already planned for the promenade on Saturday, March 12 as well as stalls, performers and information about the trust. It will run from 10am until 4pm. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should either head down to the White Rock Hotel tomorrow, pop into the pier ship on the seafront or email info@hpwrt.co.uk.