I love our pier. We live near The Bandstand and walk along the prom every morning, so I see it at all times of the year in different lights. My favourite is an early winter’s morning just before the sun rises and the sky behind it is all shades of pink.
I was pleased when Sheikh Abid Gulzar bought it. He cares about Eastbourne and I think he has made some major improvements, especially the lovely open space.
I expected him to do something in gold; we pass his gold car most mornings and know how he loves the colour. First he painted the lions, which I thought looked great picked out in gold; then it was the small cupolas, which enhanced the details and made them shine in the sunlight. But then he painted the large dome and the expanse of roof below it. These large amounts of gold just don’t look good, they have spoilt the magical effect of the gold and made it obvious that it’s all just a goldenish yellow paint.
Come on, Mr Gulzar – do you not agree now you’ve done it that the pier looked better with smaller amounts of gold? If you do, why not just take it back a step voluntarily to the smaller cupolas, then maybe those who are trying to reverse your gold could compromise too, and remember that you’ve rescued our pier and deserve to be able to give it a bit of your own personality – up to a point!
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