'Hoodies' banned from pier

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 November 2010

Weston  Grand Pier opens, views and People.

Weston Grand Pier opens, views and People.

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'HOODIES' have been banned from Weston's Grand Pier amid fears they could compromise security.

The seafront attraction, which reopened last month after a multi-million pound rebuild project, has 128 CCTV cameras keeping an eye on would-be troublemakers, but co-owner Kerry Michael says the technology could be rendered useless if they were to have their faces partially covered.

Staff have been asked to approach anyone entering the state-of-the-art pavilion with their hoods up to ask them to take them down.

Mr Michael said: “We banned hoodies three years ago when we first took over.

“People will be asked to take hoods down when entering the pavilion now that it has reopened.

“We have a comprehensive security system that would be useless if we can’t see people’s faces.

“We have never allowed hoodies on the pier.”

The Grand Pier’s pavilion opened its doors to thrill-seekers on October 23, following a devastating fire in 2008.

With a £1million karting track, 58 plasma televisions and major rides sourced from all over the world, security is paramount at the seafront attraction.

More than 500,000 have visited the Grand Pier in the first few weeks since it opened.

During half-term up to 20,000 thrill-seekers were trying out the latest rides on the landmark each day and even on what is supposed to be a quiet November day, about 5,000 visit daily.

The pier has also become busy with children’s parties, hosting two or three daily and sometimes more at the weekends.

High-profile events scheduled to be held in the pier include a boxing night with Jane Couch on December 2, closely followed by the Miss Great Britain final on December 4.

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