Hastings Pier's celebrating a successful milestone in its rebuilding programme. It wanted to raise half a million pounds by selling shares. This weekend it reached that target - and passed it. Shares worth almost six hundred thousand pounds have been sold to the public.
And, as David Johns reports, the Pier Trust is taking the final total as a ringing endorsement of their plans for the future. He speaks to the Pier Trust chairman Simon Opie; shareholder Laurence Bell, and Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council.
Artists' impressions of how Hastings pier will look when its fully restored have gone on display on the town's seafront. Work has already begun to rebuild the historic pier, which was badly damaged by fire n 2010.
A column supporting Hastings Pier has been replaced, marking the very first stage of the restoration of Hastings Pier. It was partially destroyed by a fire in 2010.
Cllr Peter Chowney, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council, and lead member for regeneration, said, “after so much work and planning, it is just brilliant to see the work of restoring Hastings Pier actually getting underway. It is especially pleasing that local contractors are being used."