Hastings Pier has been officially reopened - six years after a devastating fire. Over ninety thousand people have visited the restored pier over the last month. But today's official gala - ahead of tonight's concert by Madness - shows Hastings Pier is back in business. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Beatrice Rapley, Learning and Education Manager; Simon Opie, Chief Executive of Hastings Pier Charity and Sid Saunders, a resident of Hastings.
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The charity reconstructing Hastings pier are meeting today to discuss the importance of the structure to local heritage.
The rebuilding of the pier is well under way after it was destroyed by fire in 2010.
It is due to be completed next year.
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.
Hastings pier charity has raised £590,000 in £1 shares to help restore the pier that was destroyed by a fire in 2010.
Simon Opie, from the Hastings pier charity, tells us why the shareholder's support is so important.
The popular East Sussex pier that was severely damaged by a fire in 2010 has secured more than £590,000 of shares to help restore the seaside attraction.
Estimated costs to rebuild the pier were £14 million, with most of the money coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Hastings Pier Charity offered £1 shares back in October and last Saturday marked the last day to buy a share in the restoration project.
Today is the last day you can buy shares in Hastings Pier. The scheme was launched to help fund the restoration of the Pier which was destroyed by fire in 2010.
The restoration has been kickstarted by an £11m heritage lottery grant - now shares have been issued to try to raise another half a million and transform the grand old lady .**
It's the deadline tomorrow for people to buy shares in Hastings Pier.
More than four hundred and seventy thousand pounds worth have been sold to aid the restoration of the structure which was damaged by fire more than three years ago.
The first new timbers are being laid on Hastings Pier as the multi-million pound renovation gathers momentum. It has already received a massive £11m boost from a heritage lottery grant.
The charity supervising the project is aiming raise another £500,000 via community shares priced between £100 and £20,000. Half that target has already been reached.
We look at the progress of work and talk to project engineer Peter Wheeler, construction manager David Spooner and Simon Opie from the Hastings Pier Charity.
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.