Review of 2010 - October

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 December 2010

October: Hundreds of readers sent photos to the Mercury in the wake of the Royal Pier Hotel fire, including John Ashwell who captured this unique close-up shot.

October: Hundreds of readers sent photos to the Mercury in the wake of the Royal Pier Hotel fire, including John Ashwell who captured this unique close-up shot.

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AFTER more than two years and £51million, Weston’s Grand Pier reopened to the public for the first time since the devastating fire of 2008.

October: This is what £51million will get you - 'the best pier in the world', according to its owners. Picture by Jeff Thomas.

Crowds queued to be among the first of a new generation of pier-goers, with pier co-owner Kerry Michael saying: “My children think I have built them the best playground in the world.”

A SUSPECTED arson attack - the second in little more than a year - destroyed the derelict Royal Pier Hotel on Weston seafront.

Hundreds of people and dozens of firefighters flocked to the scene, but the historic building could not be saved, and demolition crews moved in the following day.

TWO exciting new development ideas were unveiled for key Weston sites.

The first involved creating a snow dome, ice rink and leisure complex as part of the Weston Airfield development, while the second project proposed bulldozing Dolphin Square to make way for new shops, a hotel and a cinema.

A CHARITY comedy night descended into farce when event organisers took offence at the gags of the ‘rude’ comic and hauled him from the Weston stage.

WESTON was revealed as a national bankruptcy hotspot, with only two other areas - Mansfield and Torbay - reporting greater numbers of people in cash trouble in 2010.

REFORMED bad boy Jamie Scanlon showed its possible to turn your life around, kicking a £1,000-a-week drug addiction to secure a London exhibition slot alongside one of the UK’s most highly rated urban artists.

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