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Memories wanted as owners look to rebuild Grand Pier’s history

PUBLISHED: 09:56 22 July 2017

Weston's Grand Pier has been standing proud for 110 years.

Weston's Grand Pier has been standing proud for 110 years.


Memories wanted as owners look to rebuild Grand Pier’s history

'The best under-cover amusement arcade in the world'. 'The best under-cover amusement arcade in the world'.

Marriage proposals, celebrity visits and two devastating fires are among the memorable events which could be captured in an exhibition of Weston’s most famous landmark.

The Grand Pier was first opened to the public in 1904, and has been Weston’s biggest man-made attraction in the 113 years since.

However, many of the iconic pier’s historic records and photographs were lost when the pavilion went up in flames in 2008.

The building has long-since been rebuilt – and now its owners want to rebuild the lost history too.

The Grand Pier entrance in 1904. The Grand Pier entrance in 1904.

Co-owners Michelle Michael and brother Kerry are appealing for people to share memories and photographs of the pier, and say the material could become an exhibition.

Michelle said: “We know so many special memories have been made on the pier and we love hearing stories of how people have enjoyed their time here.

“There’s been marriage proposals, celebrity visits and of course countless events and parties. So much has happened during the pier’s 113-year history, and I’m sure there are plenty of stories we don’t even know about.

“The outpouring of love, support and memorabilia we received after the fire was overwhelming, with many people writing to share their memories.

Indoor attractions have changed over the years... Indoor attractions have changed over the years...

“This campaign is the next step to try to recreate some of that special magic people feel when thinking about the pier, and hopefully will help to bring together images from as far back as possible.

“As an iconic location the pier attracts worldwide interest, and I think sharing people’s memories is the perfect way to celebrate the wonderful experiences that happen on the pier.

“It’s going to be great to document the amazing stories because with the passing of time it’s all too easy for these memories to be lost.

“We’re excited to be compiling visitors’ memories and already think this could turn into an exhibition for people to come and enjoy.”

The Grand Pier pavilion was lost to fire in 2008 - along with most of its records and memories. The Grand Pier pavilion was lost to fire in 2008 - along with most of its records and memories.

Memories can be submitted as stories, photos or videos, with an all-inclusive family package of food and unlimited rides on offer for the memory which earns the most Facebook likes.

Share your memories by emailing or posting them to Charlotte Gaylard, Grand Pier, Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1AL.

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