Recent storm weather takes a further toll on Brighton's West Pier
Sadly the West Pier in Brighton has suffered further structural damage in the recent storms, with large chunks falling into the sea.
This is the latest calamity to beset the south coast landmark. Opened in 1866 after being designed and engineered by Eugenius Birch, the West Pier was closed in 1975 and has been deteriorating since. A run of bad luck began in 2002 when a huge storm resulted in the dramatic collapse of the south-east corner of the Concert Hall. A year later arsonists struck.
Prior to the fire in 2003, Facelift was featured in this Tomorrow's World feature, which discussed how modern technology could help arrest the pier’s deterioration, though sadly it seems the weather has got the better of it this time.
Read an article in the Argus about the future of the pier.