Tuesday 15 November 2011: Cleethopes Pier.....
Originally built 1200ft long in 1873, but now is a shadow of it's former self at 335ft, it was Built for £8,000 by Head Wrightson, it opened on August Bank Holiday, 1873. Financed by Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway (later LNER). It was breached in 1940 for defence purposes and the isolated seaward section was demolished after the war. Some of the salvaged material was used on Leicester City Football Club's new stand.
Now you learn something every day on Blip.
In January 2010, the pier went into receivership and was closed. Then in May 2010 it was announced that Mr Bryn Ilsley, a Grimsby-based businessman, had bought the pier for an undisclosed six-figure sum, and pledged to restore it to its former glory. After a £200,000 upgrade it re-opened in November 2010 having been leased to a new management team.
We also visited Skegness Pier today but it was difficult to shoot as it is closed and only the frontage is being used for amusements, ten pin bowling and a cafe.
We are now tucked up in the hotel in Doncaster and tomorrow we head down to the longest Pier in the World at Southend on sea, that should be a demanding picture.