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Pier’s £1m rescue mission underway

Workmen have been busy clearing up damaged boards on North Pier which was badly damaged by storms on December 5.

Workmen have been busy clearing up damaged boards on North Pier which was badly damaged by storms on December 5.

A huge operation to restore a weather-battered icon is making good progress, according to the attraction’s boss.

Parts of Blackpool’s North Pier was badly damaged last month as tidal surges saw the boardwalk, windows and the Sunset Lounge ripped apart by severe wind.

The 150-year-old landmark was left in tatters, with holes in the structure and flooring strewn across the Pier as gale force winds struck on December 5.

Strong winds caused waves to surge into the attraction’s theatre at the end of the Pier, leaving the Sedgwick family owners with a £1m clean-up bill.

More than a month on since the storm, Dominic Herdman, Pier manager, says a team of eight workmen are on the attraction six days a week to repair the damage.

He said: “The repairs are going very well.

“After December 5 we couldn’t allow anyone on the Pier unless they were workmen, but we are now allowing fishermen on there.

“The Merrie England bar opens on March 1 and we have set a target of March for the Carousel but I don’t think the Sunset Lounge will be open by then.

“We are aiming to open the theatre on March 30 for the first show from a local dance school.

“We are in a situation where we are working very hard on the steel work at the moment.

“We have already changed over 100 joists and amended and re-positioned steel work, which was damaged during the storm.

“Members of the Sedgwick family are on the Pier everyday.

“They are paying for the repairs with their money and cash flow from their businesses is all going back into saving the Pier.”

Management are currently working on securing a heritage survey to look at what extra work needs to be done on the site aside from the storm damage repairs.

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