Last Sunday was a sad day on Eastbourne Pier as fishing, a tradition that reaches back generations, was stopped by the new owner. I have been fishing on the end of the pier (and down the sides in the good old days) for 52 years and have seen many changes but this is the most devastating. I have made many friends there and I know that many others can say the same and over the years I have had some very good catches of fish.
I know owner Abid Gulzar has his heart in the right place as far as Eastbourne is concerned but I think he doesn’t understand the history and traditions of our town. I fail to understand why the fishing has been stopped.
He has put an enterprising young man out of business, cut down the pier’s earnings and stopped something that attracted people from all over the country to come for a few days’ fishing or even just to go down to the end of the pier to watch the anglers.
There are older members of the angling community who can’t easily fish from the beach and, of course, it was a great place for young children to start on this healthy outdoor hobby. Where will these people go now?
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