Eastbourne has had a pleasure pier since 1870 having been commissioned by the 7th Duke of Devonshire. The Pier is a key feature of the Eastbourne seafront and is affectionately called by the locals “The Old Lady”.
The Pier suffered a devastating fire on 30 July 2014 with the Ballroom being engulfed in flames, fought off heroically by the towns Fire Service and the RNLI, saving the Pier from complete ruin.
This awful event brought the community spirit out of Eastbourne, with fundraising to help the businesses who were affected by the fire.
The Pier is currently in the process of restoration, and has been open to the public within 2 months of the blaze.
Eastbourne Pier is the focal point for many of the towns annual events including the annual free airshow – Airbourne which takes place in August.