Eastbourne Pier. Apparently the pier is up for sale at the moment with a guide price of £5million. How many Lomographers are out there? Maybe if we all threw in £5…?
Eastbourne Pier is a wonderful example of a classic English seaside pier. It exudes the kitsch feel of a funfair while maintaining a strangely sad and lonely atmosphere. When you walk its 300 metres out into the sea there’s a feeling that time has stopped and you’re now in a simpler, friendlier time. Suddenly all you hear are squawking birds and the rush of the sea below. Behind you the coast stretches out on both sides until it disappears.
The pier itself was opened in 1870, and despite a storm destroying part of it soon after it opened, and machine guns being installed in case of invasion during WW2, very little seems to have changed.
Along the pier are all the features one expects – a Victorian Tea Room, some local touristy shops, a cafe to buy fish & chips, but oddly it also contains a glassblower and tattoo parlour! The most charming feature is a Victorian Camera Obscura which projects an incredible image of the entire seafront. Unfortunately this is only open during summer, so on a recent visit there I had to leave disappointed.