Room in Hastings Pier’s visitor centre to be named after Jeremy Birch and pier designer Eugenius Birch

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Jeremy Birch SUS-140523-033843001

A room in the newly built visitor centre planned for Hastings Pier is to be named after council leader Jeremy Birch.

In Hastings Pier Charity’s monthly newsletter, Simon Opie, chief executive officer (CEO), said the move was in recognition of the late councillor’s role in the campaign to reopen the Victorian attraction, devastated by fire in October 2010.

Cllr Birch died on May 6.

Mr Opie said: “Jeremy was a great supporter of the pier and indeed he features as an important participant in very many of the most significant photos that mark the progress of the pier project.

“Hastings Pier Charity would like to acknowledge his tremendous contribution to making the restoration of Hastings Pier a reality and we will be naming the education room in the newly built visitor centre the Birch Room in recognition of the two Birches – Jeremy and Eugenius – who have both put their energy and expertise to the service of the pier, past, present and future.

“I will personally greatly miss the opportunities, both formal and informal, to discuss the progress of the project and our future plans with Jeremy. His advice and insight were always welcome and we shared a common commitment to making the project a success, despite the many obstacles and challenges.”

Eugenius Birch designed Hastings Pier before it opened in 1872.

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