Art Deco Worthing Pier dubbed best in Britain | CTlive.info - South Africa News

# # # # # #
Worthing Pier bathed in a sunset glowImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Worthing Pier bathed in a sunset glow

A 19th Century Art Deco pier originally built as a landing stage has been named this year’s Pier of the Year.

Worthing Pier, which was built in 1862, was held up as 2019’s top pier, having previously come in second and third in the past four years of the competition.

A grey and murky morning underneath Worthing PierImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption A grey and murky morning underneath Worthing Pier

The mayor of Worthing, Paul Baker, said: “It really is a beautiful and iconic landmark.

“It symbolises all that is classic about a traditional pier.

“It’s not garish but elegant, you can see a great show there, take tea while enjoying spectacular views, have a nice meal, fish for your supper, or just take an evening stroll.”

A bright day at WorthingImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption A bright day at Worthing

The National Piers Society competition compares 55 open piers. Clacton in Essex came second and Clevedon in North Somerset third.

Society chairman, Gavin Henderson, said: “I am really pleased to give three cheers to Worthing pier for all its historical significance and current glory.”

The last time Worthing Pier won the accolade was in 2006.

The illuminated pier glows against a cloudy evening skyImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption The illuminated pier glows against a cloudy evening sky

Worthing Pier over the years

  • 1862 – Pier built.
  • 1889 – Pavilion erected on the pier head – later known as the Southern Pavilion.
  • 1913 – Storm destroyed Southern Pavilion, it was fixed within a year.
  • 1920 – Pier sold to the council.
  • 1926 – Shoreward pavilion opened, Worthing Municipal Orchestra made it home.
  • 1933 – Southern Pavilion destroyed by fire.
  • 1935 – Reopened after £18,000 of repair costs.
  • 1937 – Amusement arcade built.
  • 1939 – Outbreak of the Second World War: entrance pavilion used by troops for games, a canteen and a library.
  • 1946 – Pier reopened to the public. Through the years the Southern Pavilion was used as a model railway museum, a cinema and zoo.
  • 1980s – It became a nightclub.
  • 2005 – Club closed.
  • 2014 – Southern Pavilion renovated into a cafe, performance space and wedding venue.
The Southern Pavilion at Worthing PierImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption The Southern Pavilion at Worthing Pier
Worthing Pier at low tide during sunsetImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Worthing Pier at low tide during sunset

All images are subject to copyright

Follow Us
Popular Posts
  • Amplats puts 270ha of land in new hands

  • Social media reacts to innocent looking Vusi ‘Khekhe’ Mathibela

  • PICS: Two people dead, two injured in Kempton Park crash

  • Convicted racist Vicki Momberg’s appeal postponed to June

  • Ex-DA member sticks to his guns over R600m kickback for party

  • NZ mosque attack toll rises to 50, authorities to begin releasing bodies

  • How climate change is sinking an Indian island.