Weston-super-Mare, the Grand Pier burns

The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare was built in 1903/4 and has for many years been a tourist attraction that brings thousands of visitors to the town. It first burned down in 1930 and was rebuilt. In the last couple of years the pier was purchased by a local entrepreneur who spent money refurbishing and revitalising it, and who apparently had big plans for the future.

This morning, I woke to this view out of my window and figured something was up… I live several miles away from the sea front, so the scale of the fire was fairly clear from the outset.

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

Despite having lived in the town for more than 20 years, I find I have almost no photos of the pier as it was.

You can see it here on November 5th;

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

And here in the background of this photo:

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

I’m not a sentimental sort really, but it was sad to see what is an iconic part of the town’s history going up in flames.

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

Directly behind where I was standing taking these photos, Fire crew were working to pump water out of Marine lake, along the full length of the promenade and to the fire. From where I was standing, it was clearly an exercise in damage limitation, there is simply no way they could have controlled the fire.

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

You can see in this photo the tiny white stream of water on the left hand side, and how little hope the fire brigade could have of putting the fire out.

Grand Pier,  Weston-super-Mare,  burning

All in all a sad day for Weston. I really hope the Michael family rebuild it.