A student filmmaker from Eastbourne has created an viral hit after sharing a video letter to the pier’s new owner on Facebook.
Luke Gardner, a 19-year-old creative media student at Sussex Downs College, made the short film after the Pier was bought by the hotelier Shiekh Abid Gulzar last month.
The announcement saw widespread speculation on social media about what Mr Gulzar planned to do with the Pier inspiring Luke create the video letter.
In the video Luke said, “The reason I’m writing to you is due the stories I’ve heard and read on social media about your plans for the Pier. I here to tell you, you are doing it wrong.
“Although you paid a fair amount for the pier and you are looking to spend a lot more on renovations and improvements, the pier to you and I quote ‘is something for personal pride and something to be proud of’.
“I respect that. It may be your trophy but to the people of Eastbourne it is much more than that.”
The video goes on to ask Mr Gulzar to do more to preserve the pier as people remember it and listen to public opinion.
The video has been watched more than 65,000 times within 24 hours of its publication on Thursday evening (November 26).
Luke said he is surprised the video has been so successful but is glad he has struck a chord.
He said, “I only ever expected it to get a thousand views or so but I’ve been getting notification after notification.
“It took me a few weeks to actually write the letter as I wanted to think really carefully about the message I got across. I didn’t want it to come across as an attack.
“I don’t think the should be run just as a business as it is a landmark, when people move to Eastbourne they move here because of the Pier as well as the town.”
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