Weston-super-Mare Birnbeck Pier is in a very sorry state. It’s not been open to the public since 1994 and has been gradually deteriorating while the owners and council argue about plans for redevelopment.
It’s crumbling nature also meant that there were no refreshments available nearby, so I missed having my tea and cake on the pier, but sat and drank some water in the shelter on the prom.
I’ve been thinking of ideas for a new photography project for a while now, something which would give me a definite goal to work towards while still taking me to interesting places where I’ve never been before. Inspired by photographic friend Mandy Charlton‘s project to photograph all 69 of Britain’s Cities, I’ve decided to document the UK’s seaside piers – hence I’m launching this new section of my website featuring Piers Of The Realm.
Several other piers are in serious danger of falling apart, while others are being lovingly restored and gaining a new lease of life. Each will have its own character and attractions, which I hope to capture through my images. I have already been to some of the piers on the A-Z list such as Southwold, Walton, Clacton, Southend and the three in Blackpool while visiting their respective towns in the past. But I intend to revisit each of these piers again to fulfill the project fully. I will be posting regular updates as I visit each pier or plan a trip to more seaside towns.