Amusement arcades return to Eastbourne Pier

This atmospheric photograph of Eastbourne Pier was taken just after sunrise at 8am on 25 January 25 by Barry Davis, using a Canon 500d. SUS-160402-085858001

This atmospheric photograph of Eastbourne Pier was taken just after sunrise at 8am on 25 January 25 by Barry Davis, using a Canon 500d. SUS-160402-085858001

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Amusement arcade games have been returned to Eastbourne Pier.

Three units full of traditional arcade games have opened on the seafront landmark – one at the entrance to the pier, another just before the Tea Rooms and a third towards the Waterfront Bar.

“Basically, I have done what people asked right at the start – bring back the traditional amusement arcades that used to be in the Blue Room,” said pier owner Abid Gulzar.

“And this is exactly what we have done. There are more than 40 machines and they are proving very popular. We are very pleased with the response.

“I wasn’t sure if an amusement arcade was the right thing for Eastbourne Pier but of course it is. We are providing people – young and old – with entertainment, and this is making the pier traditional. It’s what people expect when they come onto the pier.”

The amusement arcade within the Blue Room was destroyed when fire swept through the Victorian structure in the summer of 2014.

“The amusement arcade is another important piece of the jigsaw on the pier<2 said mr Gulzar.

“We are working very, very hard and it is paying off because the pier is so busy.

“I am on the pier every day, three or four times a day, talking to people and seeing what changes we can made. I hope people can see the real positive improvements.

“We are changing and moving forward bit by bit, week by week, and it is all about making Eastbourne Pier a great asset for our town that everyone wants to come on.

“We are currently making plans for Airbourne – there can be no better place than Eastbourne Pier to watch our great four-day air show every year.

“And of course we want to make the most of the fine weather. When the sun shines people are coming onto the pier in their hundreds, and that makes me very happy.”

Photo by Will Gudgeon.

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