Posted on 01 Oct 2007
Yarmouth’s 609 foot pier which opened in 1876, is the longest wooden pier in the UK and a Grade II listed building. The pier is in need of restoration, its main greenheart piles being eaten away by gribble worms.
The restoration and associated works, such as creating an archive and community events, are likely to cost about £450,000. The Heritage Lottery Fund has made a grant of £350,500 and the Pier Appeal Fund, headed by Alan Titchmarsh, aims to raise money to support the restoration and to keep the pier open as a facility for the public. One of the conditions of the Heritage Lottery Fund is the involvement of the community and hence there will be a number of events throughout the year, which people will be invited to attend, culminating in a reopening ceremony during the first half of 2008.