The 200th anniversary of the opening of Britain's first seaside pier is being marked today.
Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight opened on July 26 1814, and today still stands as a reminder of the feat of Victorian engineering.
It was the original seaside pier and paved the way for dozens of others up and down Britain, from Dunoon in Scotland to Falmouth in Cornwall.
Along with fish and chips and rock, piers became a staple of British seaside life and a magnet for holidaymakers before the boom in international travel.
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