Then owners of Weston-super-Mare's pier, Michelle and Kerry Michael, have been given an MBE for their work in restoring it.
This report which went out on The West Tonight in July 2008 shows how badly the pier was destroyed by the fire.
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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's much-criticised Magical Journey christmas experience at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield has re-opened.
The RSPCA at West Hatch is already packed with seal pups and there are fears it will have to take on more if storms return this winter
Ofsted's first ever inspection of the whole range of children's services in Somerset has found that too many of them are inadequate.