Worthing’s pier was up against some stiff competition in the 2016 Pier of the Year contest – but how did it fare?
The votes have been counted and, for the second year running, Worthing Pier is the runner up, losing out to Cleethorpes but beating 17 other piers from across the UK, which all received votes from members of the National Piers Society.
Worthing Pier has been no stranger to the award, which is now in its 20th year, coming second in 2015 and being crowned Pier of the Year in 2006.
The National Piers Society praised the people behind the pier’s Southern Pavilion for their efforts bringing it back into use, while Worthing Borough Council was also commended for its continued care and attention to the pier’s structure, which has seen further re-decking carried out.
Councillor Bryan Turner, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “This is great news for Worthing, to have our iconic pier commended by a national organisation in competition with other seaside towns across the country. Developing our seafront offer is key to the regeneration of Worthing, the visitor economy and helps to support local businesses. To be runner up for a second year in a row highlights the work that has gone into maintaining and improving the high standard of our pier, which we can all be proud of.”
And Phil Duckett, the manager of the Southern Pavilion, added: “We are thrilled to be chosen once again as the runner up, for the second year in succession, in the National Piers Society Awards. We feel with all the hard work that everyone has put into the pier so far as well as plans for the future the best is yet to come, so roll on next year.”
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