Grand Pier taking shape

PUBLISHED: 21:00 15 October 2010

Weston Grand Pier.

Weston Grand Pier.


THOUSANDS of pieces of fish, 10,000 bottles of pop and 500 machines have gone onto the Grand Pier this week in preparation for one of the biggest openings a Weston attraction has ever seen.

The town’s new £51million landmark is gearing up to welcome its first wave of visitors in time for the half-term holidays.

Since a devastating fire ripped through the pier’s pavilion in 2008, Weston has been eagerly awaiting the day the Grand Pier opens once again to the public and it promises not to disappoint.

This week, along with 5,000 pieces of fish and the bottles of fizzy to

go onto the attraction this week, 500 individual machines, 42 pallets of crockery, 700 tables and chairs for the inside and 180 large bags of potatoes have also been delivered.

Pier co-owner Michelle Michael said: “I’m delighted to finally see all the contents of the building going in and seeing some of the spaces take shape.

“I’m looking forward to hearing people’s comments about what they think of the new pier and whether it’s what they thought it would be.

“It’s a huge relief to be actually worrying about when and how to get stock and furniture in rather than worrying about whether we have a building ready or rides commissioned.

“We’re very happy with the final product and think there is something for everyone here.”

Following a number of setbacks at the seafront site in previous months, the Mercury reported last week how pier owners Kerry and Michelle Michael are due to accept the keys from contractor Sisk on October 22. Their aim is to then open the doors of the spectacular attraction to the public the following day.

Ride installation is now virtually complete and workers are frantically kitting out the rest of the pier and its pavilion, so that all areas can be opened at the same time.

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