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Learning the lessons of Pier fires: Do we have the money to rebuild them?

Our seaside piers are a popular tourist attraction - structures of historical significance - of a Victorian era. But, after being badly damaged by fire, is there the money to rebuild them? Before Eastbourne, in 2010, Hastings Pier succumbed to flames. We look back at the history of piers - and whether lessons can be learnt. With our report, Sarah Saunders.



Police pictures reveal destruction of Eastbourne pier


This picture shows the destruction done to Eastbourne Pier arcade following the fire yesterday.


Eastbourne Police have released images of the pier ruined by a fire that started in the wall panelling yesterday and spread to engulf the entire arcade.

The damage left the front of the pier as a burnt out shell Credit: Eastbourne Police
A very different sight at the entrance of the pier before the fire struck

Luggage mayhem at Sussex airport

Mr Sargent, 23, who landed on a Thomson Airways flight at 1.25am on Sunday, told the Daily Telegraph: "I was left stranded in baggage reclaim. I was not asking for special treatment, just to be able to freely move around the terminal and use the toilet."

Another traveller had still not got his suitcase by the middle of this week having flown to Paphos in Cyprus last weekend

Bags on 95% of scheduled flights into Gatwick are delivered to passengers in the reclaim halls within 55 minutes. We want all bags on all flights to be delivered within this timeframe and so are working closely with the small number of airlines which employ Swissport to help improve the baggage delivery service.

Gatwick will continue to carefully monitor Swissport's performance and offer assistance to them as required over the remainder of the summer to minimise the impact on passengers and safeguard our expected level service."

– Gatwick airport spokesman
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