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Eastbourne Pier fire one year on

A year ago today, Eastbourne Pier was engulfed in flames. We still don't know why the fire happened - but ever since efforts to rebuild it have continued apace. Traders are relieved that they're back in business again, but is the long term future of the pier secure? Andrea Thomas has been speaking to trader James Gallagher, Tim Cobb from the Chamber of Commerce and Councillor David Tutt.

Revisiting Eastbourne Pier nine months after devastating fire

Nine months after fire ravaged Eastbourne Pier, the net is closing in on those behind the arson attack. The devastating blaze last July destroyed a third of the Grade II-listed structure.

CCTV on the pier, which may have filmed the culprits, was badly damaged. But tonight we can reveal that specialist forensic experts are working to retrieve images stored on computer hard drives. Malcolm Shaw has been speaking to the pier's owners - their first TV interview since the fire.


New beer created to help Eastbourne Pier traders

A new beer has been created to help traders suffering since a devastating fire destroyed part of Eastbourne Pier.

The Long Man Brewery in East Sussex has teamed up with Eastbourne-based Curious Beer Club to support businesses affected by last month's blaze.

All profits up to #10,000 from the sale of the Craft Pier beer will go into a benevolent fund to help firms get back into business.

"Everyone connected to Eastbourne felt the pain of seeing a fundamental part of our heritage go up in smoke. The Curious Beer Club came to us with an idea and we immediately wanted to help."

– Jamie Simm,The Long Man Brewery, based in Litlington, near Eastbourne

"When we heard about the fire we knew we could do something to help, it was just a matter of finding a progressive local brewer."

– Adam McNaught-Davis, co-founder of the Curious Beer Club

The fire on July 30 left the dome-shaped amusement arcade near the 144-year-old pier's entrance a scorched shell. Everyone escaped unharmed.<

It was initially suspected that an electrical fault could have caused the blaze, but Sussex Police are now treating it as "suspicious". No arrests have been made.

Crowd funding appeal launched to help Eastbourne pier traders

The damaged pier Credit: PA

An Eastbourne resident has launched a crowd funding appeal to help the traders and businesses affected by the fire on the pier.

The money will go towards the Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund which will create pop up shops to help keep traders afloat while it's rebuilt.

The benevolent fund has been organised by the Chamber of Commerce, the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd.

Mr Lloyd said: "This is a disaster for us. It is a lovely pier. It was built in 1870. It's heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking."

But he said two thirds of the pier remained intact and the structure could be repaired.

The crowd funding appeal has been launched by resident Bruce Salter.

Mr Salter, who has lived in the area for 15 years, described the pier as an "iconic" structure.

Despite the damage the structure can be repaired Credit: PA

The fire broke out on Wednesday behind wood panelling in the arcade building.

Eastbourne Borough Council leader David Tutt has said he understood the fire had been started by an electrical fault, but fire crews have said the cause is unexplained and an investigation will take a number of days.

No-one was injured and the fire is not being treated as suspicious

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