Town’s centenarians celebrate on the pier

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A 102-year-old was one of the special guests to join locals and dignitaries to celebrate Eastbpourne pier’s 150th anniversary.

John Denerley, homeowner at McCarthy and Stone’s Martello Court, went to the event and took a stroll down the pier which was built in the 1870’s .

Julie Ward, regional sales and marketing director at McCarthy and Stone South East, said, “As a company we are keen to ensure that the local history of the towns in which we build in are not forgotten.

“The pier is a very important landmark in Eastbourne so it was great that one of our homeowners was invited to take part in these special celebrations.

“ John has many fond memories of the pier, and so it seems fitting that he was asked to help commemorate the 150th anniversary.”

Caroline Ansell, Eastbourne MP, said, “Less than two years ago our beautiful pier was engulfed in flames and there were real fears the much loved iconic structure could have been consigned to history, so it’s wonderful I able was to stand there to commemorate its 150th anniversary and talk about its future.

“It was also an absolute pleasure to meet John Denerley, and to hear a little bit about his life.

“What a wonderful gentleman.

“ I’m glad he enjoyed the occasion so much”

Pier owner Abid Gulzar was joined by three centenarians at the event.

Hundreds of people gathered on the pier throughout the day to enjoy free entertainment and refreshments.

There was a cake cutting ceremony at 1pm and for this Mr Gulzar was joined by three people aged 100 or over.

Mr Gulzar said, “I was very pleased to welcome Kath Leavens, who turned 100 just last week, John Denerley, 102, and Bill Frankland, 104, who lives in London and was in Eastbourne for a conference.

“I was very pleased. So many people turned up, and I’m sure they could see the improvements we have made.”

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