Eastbourne's pier ablaze

Eastbourne’s pier ablaze

Dramatic photos as Eastbourne’s iconic pier was beginning to catch fire this afternoon. Wednesday 30th July 2014 is the day that the 1871 pier was consumed in flames and black and grey billowing smoke.Pier on fire 009

These photos were taken just before the seafront was completely evacuated. See how, initially, the smoke became flames, see the terror as the man ran with his baby in his arms. Very few Police at this stage, as they were completely taken by surprise. No evacuation procedure in place, no police training for this eventuality, but good old fashioned common sense prevailed – mostly. Roads blocked, transport disrupted for miles around, fire and emergency vehicles have been drafted in from around the county of Sussex.

Pier on fire 008The wind is coming from the west, blowing flames and smoke along the seafront, not inland, not out to sea, which is a blessing because any other way and houses would be in danger from secondary flames and sparks, and out to see the pier would definitely be destroyed.

The history of the pier is a chequered one, with the owners constantly in Pier on fire 002opposition with Eastbourne Borough Council. If the Council slap a draconian maintenance schedule, then the pier owners, from Blackpool, would have been likely to say, ‘hey, we can’t afford any more money’. The nightclub at the end of the pier at present has a 2am finish licence, they want to make it 4am. Council has said ‘no way’. All academic now.

 

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Very few writers earn more than £10,000 annually. Harry is one of the poorer ones. He is no longer middle-aged, as he knows no-one who is getting on for 140. Literary success has come with an attempt at maturity – failed both – but marital stability with Pam has more than compensated. He is an accomplished speaker, talking on a variety of topics, including how not to run a hotel, buried secrets, and what’s it worth. See Harry The Talker. He has five published books, see Harry The Writer. He is Eastbourne’s only licensed sight-seeing guide see Harry The Walker. He has a daily blog see Harry The Blogger. The only site not purchased is www.harrytheeverything.com but that might come, who knows. He was a London funeral director for many years, then started Cheam Limousines in 1990, selling some thirteen years later. Arriving in Eastbourne in the Summer of 2003, Harry and Pam first bought a small guest house, then a large hotel, which proved to be disastrous because of their business partnership with a moron from California. He now walks, and talks, sometimes both at the same time.