We have a new pier. You may have heard about it on the news, or perhaps you thought 'what's all the fuss about?'
Well this is quite a radical departure for piers as we know them. No amusement arcades. very little in the way of funfair activity and a wide open view of sea and sky. The other departure is that this pier is owned by the town, not the council, although they have contributed some funding as have the heritage lottery, but the town residents. There are people who don't like the new pier. Too bare, not enough to do, but for those like me who really love to walk out to the end to gaze out at the sea and sky without too much distraction then it is a wonderful thing .
I have seen it in various lights, full sunshine, under cloud and the best for me when the sea rack had rolled in and was swirling around the structures, blurring the edges. Turning away from the sea and there is the town like a lego structure tiny and no longer surrounding me but set back, away and manageable.
So much wood involved in the building of a pier. In the centre is a cafe on top of what James calls the bridge and I call the mound and others call the lump. Up the top I have already sat and stared around me at the Channel surrounding the pier. Somehow what is a small stretch of water feels large from the vantage point of the pier. The sense of space is quite extraordinary as I look towards the mound.
And finally the view looking towards the town one misty day.
I love piers especially this one.
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