Southport Past (OTS News) – Southport Pier

Southport Pier is a Grade II listed building in Southport, Merseyside, England.

At 1,216 yards (1112 m) it is the second longest in Great Britain after Southend Pier.

It was listed a Grade II on 18th August 1975.

The Southport Pier Tramway runs from Southport Promenade to the pier head (the far end of the pier).

The pier is a completely open structure with a shelter half way down. It has modern railings on an older base, and a deck made of hardwood slats, affording a partial view of the sea below.

The modern structure at the pier head, the Pavilion, was designed by Liverpool architects Shed KM.

The building houses a cafeteria with airport style floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beach, and until mid-May of 2012, a collection of vintage mechanical amusement machines, re-creating a traditional pier-end penny arcade.

The former exhibition of Edwardian and Victorian machines operated on pre-decimalisation pennies, which were available to purchase on-site (£1 bought 10 old pennies)

bronze plaques can be bought from Sefton Council and embedded in Southport Pier decking in memory of a loved one.

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Below: The new pier Pavilion being built in 2001

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Below 2003

The bronze plaques currently being installed in the pier’s deck are in recognition of donations, exceeding £50, made to the trust for the restoration of Southport’s Pier.

This current phase will see just over 2000 plaques, all cast individually, placed along the pier in number sequence starting at the Marine Lake, near to the pier’s root on the Promenade.

Whilst creating a permanent record for present and future generations to visit and view, each donation has contributed to:

•Retaining a structure of national importance.

•Providing greater facilities for both residents and visitors.

•Given a boost to the economy of the area.

As we concentrate on installing the first phase of plaques we have had to open a waiting list for the second phase, in reaction to the public response and demand for further information.

The trust is proud to be working in partnership with Sefton Council and is seeking further developments in the appropriate public use of the heritage asset Southport Pier.

If you would like to join the Pier Supporters and receive further details of developments including a re-opening of the plaque scheme please write to the trust.

With best regards and thank you for your interest in Southport’s Pier. Mike Mike Swift Chairman. September 2003.

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Below: Pier Trams arrive in 2005

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New pier trams were introduced in 2005

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In 2011 a Fosters Beer lorry making a delivery to Southport Funland became stuck on Southport Pier   (Friday 19th August )

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Cllr Ronnie Fearn officially opened the new pier in 2005

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Batman was part of the publicity stunt when reopening the new pier in 2005

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Sir Ron Watson and Tim Tinnerman enjoy a ride at the official 2005 pier opening

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Sir Bradley Wiggins – Fred Perry photo shoot on Southport Pier in 2013

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