VIDEO: The history of Birnbeck Pier

Birnbeck Pier, when Weston RNLI currently is based (Picture: Nigel Millard).

Birnbeck Pier, when Weston RNLI currently is based (Picture: Nigel Millard). - Credit: Sub

A WESTON College student has produced a video to detail the history of Birnbeck Pier.

A FORMER Weston College student produced a video of the history of Birnbeck Pier to get people talking about the structure again.

Corry Raymond, aged 19, directed the video containing overhead shots of the pier filmed by Paul Carr, and narration from local historian John Crockford-Hawley.

The pier was first opened in 1867, and was a boarding point for steamers, used for weapon research during World War Two and is the current base for the RNLI.

Corry said: “When I was still a student a few of us had the idea to create a TV show for Weston and the college.

“We decided to make a historical feature and chose Birnbeck as we wanted to get people interested in it and trying to find ways to get people talking about how to save it.

“It was very nostalgic and I ended it on a sad note and requested music which was a little bit sad as the camera moved away.

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“We have had a really good reaction, and people have been getting into the discussion on how it shouldn’t be going to waste.”

Weston RNLI are still based on the pier and have launched a £300,000 appeal to build a new lifeboat station due to the deteriorating state of Birnbeck.

For exclusive pictures of the pier taken by photographer Mark Atherton, pick up a copy of the Mercury, out today (Thurs).