If Sheik-Abid Gulzar can restore Eastbourne Pier to its former glory, then, good luck to him; but why, on earth, do they need to bless it? While the pier may be an asset to the town, is it not a monument to Mammon, with its gambling machines and fast food outlets? Perhaps the benediction reflects the hypnotic hold the iconic structure seems to have on local people. Judging by recent Herald letters pages, the pier is judged far more important than the state of the NHS and council services; far more significant than plans to blow the Middle East to hell and pour concrete all over south-east England. One end-of-the-pier show that would be welcome would be an end to this absurd obsession and a focus on issues that really matter.
Martin Hillman, David Ellis
Hawks Road, Hailsham
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