The Future of Hastings pier

With £500,000 pounds needed by the end of May, the future of the Hastings pier looks uncertain. Events such as Hastings Pier Jam are a possible solution to the funding issues currently experienced. The one-day music festival brought together a wide range of people and will have brought in a substantial sum of money to the pier itself. The worry regarding the pier is that it will have to be sold, and in turn commercialised.

Commercialisation could mean an end to these kind of music events and the town would lose its sense of ownership over its beloved landmark. After reopening in 2016, it won the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize, as well being awarded ‘Pier of the Year 2017’. This all follows a fire which devastated the pier, and cost £14.2 million to restore the iconic landmark.

Pier Jam was a massively positive day for Hastings as it proved that the pier could function without commercial aid if they can manage to raise the eye-watering, half a million pounds. More music events of all genre would bring in revenue to the recently restored pier.

 

 

 

The above pictures were taken from the same spot on the pier, highlighting the difference the music events can make to the atmosphere as well as funding.

Local group; ‘Friends of Hastings pier group’ are working tirelessly to try and raise the £500,000 and have already raised a staggering £66,273. It does however seem with just weeks to go until the deadline that the pier and locals may have to accept the potential commercialisation.

 

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