A NEW business has opened on St Annes Pier – the first to do so in 38 years.
The Deckhouse cafe has opened to the public after the St Annes Pier Company completed work on one of the structure’s pavilions.
Amanda Baxendale, a director at the company, said: “Since the 1990s we’ve been doing a lot of structural repairs to the pier, including the steelwork beneath, renewing parts.
“It’s nice to finally realise a project that we’ve wanted to do for so long, but haven’t had the means to do it.
“And it’s great to be able to open before the Open Golf arrives in town.”
A serious fire in 1974 destroyed its Pavilion and damaged the pier’s Floral Hall which was completely destroyed in a further fire in 1982, which also saw the demolition of the end of the structure, reducing it in length and leaving its landing jetty standing alone on the sands.
The new cafe venture represents the first business to be launched on the pier since then, and is offering “grub, victuals and views at the top of the pier”.
Arnold Sumner of St Annes Chamber of Trade said: “It’s an exciting development –something new.
“The pier always used to have a cafe at the end and it’s nice to see the pier company encouraging a development of this sort.
“It’s more attraction and more choice.
“Visitors to St Annes will find it a great addition to the town’s offer.”
The work to create The Deckhouse was carried out by Blackpool building firm DDR Construction, based in Highfield Road.
The business will offer modern cafe fayre, and if it’s successful, will mean further work on the pier.
Mrs Baxendale added: “We’ll now work on building the cafe up, and will then look at its sister building on the other side of the pier.
“We have to recoup some of our investment from repairing the cafe first, because we want to repair the other side to the same standard.
“Then we’ll look at what to put in it.”