Campaign to rename pier’s arcade Penny’s

Stephen Penrice SUS-141114-153130001
Stephen Penrice SUS-141114-153130001

A campaign to have the arcade of Eastbourne Pier renamed as Penny’s in memory of the man who fell to his death is gathering pace.

Michele Nichols is calling on the people of Eastbourne to get behind her campaign to have the arcade renamed when it is rebuilt.

The area on the pier, known as Funtasia, was destroyed by fire on July 30. Stephen Penrice, known affectionately as Penny, was working on the pier when he tragically fell to his death.

The 44-year-old was from Cumbria and suffered fatal injuries when he fell from the seafront structure in August.

His funeral was held on September 18 and some Eastbourne people travelled to Cumbria for the service.

Alison Miller, his sister, contacted the Herald to say she and her family had found some comfort in the support and kind words from the people of Eastbourne.

Now Michele wants to go further and is campaigning to have the arcade named Penny’s in his memory.

She has taken her campaign to social media and is calling for Eastbourne residents to support her.

She said, “I have already had some response on Facebook and I have also started a paper petition.

“I am collecting signatures and have contacted Stephen Lloyd.”

Michele is urging supporters of her campaign to visit the Facebook page she has set up called Eastbourne Pier Arcade.

She then plans to send the final proposal to the managers of Eastbourne Pier, Cuerden Leisure and Six Piers.

She added, “I feel the more public demand I get with this campaign the more chance there is of my proposal of the arcade being renamed in Stephen’s memory.”

Some have suggested a memorial plaque in Stephen’s memory but Michele says this is not enough.

She said, “Stephen Penrice deserves better than that as had it not been for him we would not have our pier back so soon.”