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Team behind Hastings Pier redesign win prize

The team behind the regeneration of Hastings Pier has won the country's most prestigious architectural award - the RIBA Stirling Prize.

The landmark was one of six finalists - including the Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent. The Sussex pier won for what the judges described as "a seven-year heroic collaboration to turn the smouldering landmark into a vibrant public space". Architects DRMM said they were completely blown away by the win.

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A tale of survival from the night of the Great Storm of 1987

For many people in the South East the night of the Great Storm 30 years ago was the longest and most terrifying night of their lives.

Simon Corby, who was just 22 at the time, was in a hotel in Hastings devastated by the wind.

Incredibly he lived, despite falling through the floor in an avalanche of concrete and rubble when the chimney fell in.

He's been telling Sarah Saunders his remarkable story of survival.

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