Fire-damaged pier to open amid fanfare

Pier Manager Christos Stylianou SUS-140925-113137001

Pier Manager Christos Stylianou SUS-140925-113137001

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Eastbourne Pier is reopening this weekend – less than two months after fire ripped through the front end of the Victorian attraction.

And 10 lucky readers will be taken on a VIP tour of the pier before it reopens to the public at midday Saturday (September 27).

The first 10 people to email eastbourne.herald@jpress.co.uk this morning (Friday) will win and be contacted with arrangement details by pier representatives. Those that are unsuccessful will not be contacted.

A packed programme of entertainment for all the family will mark the reopening this weekend and is set to draw hundreds of people who will be able to walk on the pier for the first time since the blaze. A walkway has been built along the eastern side of the pier so visitors can access the two-thirds of the structure which was not destroyed by the fire.

They will also be able to see the burnt-out Blue Room – initially a ballroom and more recently used as an amusement arcade – through viewing panels that have been installed in panelling alongside the walkway. Kiosk owners will be trading from their pier premises again and a new shop, Coffee Republic, is also opening on the pier on Saturday.

The family fun day starts at noon on Saturday with big band music and there will be face painting, stiltwalkers, juggling and balloon modelling shows, as well as performances from various musicians throughout the afternoon until 6pm.

The party atmosphere will continue on Sunday with more family entertainment and music between noon and 4.45pm. Atlantis nightclub will open on Saturday evening here Geordie Shore stars Hollie and Marnie will be joining DJs and dancers for a night of celebration.

The pier’s general manager Christos Stylianou said, “We’ve been working hard to get the pier reopened as soon as possible and are very excited about welcoming people back onto it. There will be entertainment for the whole family so everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy themselves. This weekend is a celebration of the huge progress made in such a short time and a show of our appreciation to people in the town who have been so supportive in helping us get the pier back into operation.”