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Brighton's West Pier was built in 1866, and was originally designed as a simple promenade but later acquired a bandstand, then a theatre, and later still a sumptuous 1,400-seat concert hall.
Since 1975 it has been closed and left to deteriorate, awaiting renovation.
Having already been cut off from the shore (for safety reasons), the West Pier suffered a partial collapse in 2002 when a walkway connecting the concert hall and pavilion fell into the sea after being battered by storms. In January 2003 a further collapse saw the destruction of the concert hall in the middle of the pier, and in March 2003 the pavilion at the end of the pier caught fire. Firefighters were unable to save the building from destruction because the collapsed walkway prevented them from reaching it.
Today only the skeleton of the pier remains, to be battered slowly into submission by the waves.
There are plans to rebuild the pier, but it's doubtful whether they will come to anything.
I visited the day before the heavy storms that lashed the UK a couple of weeks ago, and already the wind was picking up. Strong winds were kicking up some big waves that came crashing into the shore. It was quite invigorating.

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