Hastings MP Amber Rudd was on hand to help local author Steve Peake to launch is new book on Hastings Pier.
Fittingly the launch took place on the pier itself on Saturday morning and Town Crier John Bartholomew helped spread the news of the new publication.
The book, entitled ‘A Pier Without Peer’ follows the story of the coastal landmark from the drilling of the first pile in December 1869 to it rising from the ashes this year after the devastating fire of 2010.
As well as being informative, the book is packed with illustrations and rare photographs.
Also present was André Palfrey-Martin who was a DJ on the pier in the late 1960s and 70s and who wrote one chapter of the new book.
The also book contains the first detailed history of the long-lost St Leonards Pier that stood near the Royal Victoria Hotel.
Hastings pier was the first to have a mult-purpose entertainments pavilion as part of its design, a feature soon widely adopted by piers across the country.
When Lord Granville, tyhen Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, spoke at the opening ceremony he described the newly built construction as a ‘pier without peer.
It is available in hardback and softback versions. The hardback book contains a list of all the pier charity’s shareholders and costs £25 but will cost only £20 on Saturday at the signing. The paperback is £14.99. ISBN 978-0-9935327-2-6.
The books are on sale at the pier, Book Buster, in Queens Road, Aquilla House, on the seafront and the Fisherman’s Museum, in the Old Town.
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