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#1 by Voltman , Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:57 am


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#2 by Sheldonboy , Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:20 pm

Most people don't know what the piers were built for.


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#3 by Voltman , Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:59 pm

Penny Arcades, Surely?
Steam driven of course.


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#4 by Sheldonboy , Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:05 pm

No not penny arcades.

Years ago when people started having holidays, the roads were rubbish. so they went around the coast to the resorts by Paddle steamers. Trouble was the shores were too shallow for the boats to land so the piers were built to reach out to deeper water and the steamers landed at the ends. When the roads and land transport improved the steamers and the piers were redundant. Elementary my dear Voltman.


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#5 by Voltman , Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:06 pm

I knew that.
I remember the landing stage on Weston's Old pier. It might still be there.


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#6 by mikejee , Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:38 pm

I think Weston had a bad fire in 2008, and the pier was completely rebuilt, so I doubt if there is still a landing stage


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#7 by Voltman , Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:02 am

That was the newer pier Mike.
Further along the coast there is an older pier that reaches out to Birnbeck island.
There was a paddle steamer jetty and a funfair in its heyday. It has a lifeboat station now but has been in need of proper repairs for many years.


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#8 by Cleopatra , Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:52 am

Did it also have the life boat launch station on it?

 
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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#9 by Voltman , Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:47 am

What did I just say?


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#10 by Cleopatra , Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:53 am

I was asking about Eastbourne Pier

 
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#11 by Voltman , Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:20 am

So Sorry.


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#12 by Voltman , Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:30 am

The Eastbourne RNLI doesn't clearly say where their boathouse is but it seems unlikely to be on the pier as they managed to launch and fight the fire from the sea.

A report on the Eastbourne Lifeboat website indicates that if just one person had picked up a fire extinguisher and aimed it at the fire then the pier would have been saved. Unfortunately due to the nanny state we live in it would appear that all those a position to do something were busy leading the public to safety while the fire got out of control.


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#13 by Sheldonboy , Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:04 pm

It seems arson is suspected in the Eastbourne Pier fire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28610853


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#14 by Voltman , Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:13 am

The reporters name is Piers Hopkirk.
Is this a wind up?


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RE: Eastbourne Pier fire

#15 by Sheldonboy , Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:16 pm

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #14
The reporters name is Piers Hopkirk.
Is this a wind up?

It's probably his reporter name, like Piers Morgan.


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