Blackpool’s piers feature in new photographic show

Photographer Simon Roberts and historian Tony Sharkey at the launch of the new 'Pierdom' photo exhibition.

Photographer Simon Roberts and historian Tony Sharkey at the launch of the new 'Pierdom' photo exhibition.

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As news spread across the country of the destruction of Eastbourne’s historic pier, photographer Simon Roberts was taking the sea air from one of Blackpool’s own coastal landmarks.

Simon has spent the past three years travelling the UK photographing the remaining pleasure piers, in a project inspired by an image of Central Pier he took for a previous publication.

When he realised the last photographic study of pleasure piers in the UK dated back to Victorian times, a ‘slightly weird obsession’ was triggered.

 

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