Pier traders’ thanks for all the support

Trader Jeff Sparkes SUS-140929-093736001
Trader Jeff Sparkes SUS-140929-093736001

Traders on the blaze damaged Eastbourne Pier have publicly thanked those who rallied round to help them after the fire which destroyed their livelihoods.

Many of the traders were offered pop-up shops on the seafront promenade after the pier was closed for a short while following the blaze on July 30.

As they returned to their business units in time for the pier’s re-opening last month, Ian Donald, who runs Pier Gifts, said the traders were now back in business and wanted to thank everyone for their kindness and support.

Many of the traders were unable to get insurance for their businesses so say the support and advice offered to them by the council and business community helped them rebuild their lives and businesses.

Ian said, “All the concessionaires want to thank David Tutt, David Elkin, Mike Marchant, Annie Wills and Christina Ewbank for everything they have done for us. Without them we would have been left high and dry. They stepped forward and offered us the support we needed.

“We also want to thank Paul and all the MP Marine’s staff for all the work that they did to get us back on the pier so quickly and especially after the tragic death of Penny and the professionalism for coming back to work so quickly after his untimely death.”

Mr Donald, who has been trading on the pier for a number of years, also renewed the traders’ appeal for insurance companies to help them find cover.

The traders say they were unable to get insurance cover from firms because of the structure of the pier but are hopeful there may be an organisation that can provide them with cover.

“All the insurance companies and brokers we have contacted so far just aren’t interested,” said Mr Donald. “But there must be someone out there who will take us on.”

Many of the traders were left thousands of pounds out of pocket after the blaze.