Ahh, the pier at Eastbourne...you should walk out upon it and smell that fresh sea air. For people in England, piers might be very common, but to my American eyes, they are astonishing. For the most part, the piers that I have seen are in Florida and are strictly for fishing. This pier is for strolling upon and for all the arcade games for the kids that are in the big building at the front of the pier. There are also some shops for buying cardigans and souvenirs. There is a fast food shop and a tearoom. Towards the end of the pier, there is even a camera obscura! At night, the pier is covered in white lights, so it is beautiful at night as well as the day. You may read more about the pier here! And at the very end of the pier, you may find people...fishing! (And I forgot to say, there is a fish stall at the front of the pier, along with a Fish & Chips shop! Don't even get me started on how much I love the Fish & Chips in England!) If you notice there are benches built in all along the pier and it is so peaceful to rest and to look out upon the sea. Feeling that salty spray upon your face and hearing the cry of the seagulls combine to make a lasting memory.
The pier was completed in 1872. Yes, I typed that correctly..1872! Those Victorians, they sure knew how to build things and they knew how to build them with a great deal of beauty! (Jenny Woolf, I am still waiting for your book about the Victorians!) Did you know that Lewis Carroll, beginning in 1877, spent every August in Eastbourne? I love to think that I am walking in his footsteps. I feel a little bit like Alice when I am in England, everything fills me with wonder!
The pier could use a little tender loving care and I hope very much that the people who live in Eastbourne will see the pier the way that I see it, something that should be treasured and carefully preserved so that many more may enjoy it for years to come. I understand that I am an American hoping for this but my love for the pier knows no boundaries!