The restoration is complete!
The total cost of the pier head restoration was £2m. The pier remained open to the public throughout the works and the summer season of sailings continued uninterrupted.
A grand reopening on the late May Bank Holiday by David Bryant and Sir Charles Elton on 25th May 1998 marked the completion of the restoration. Through a combination of vocal local support, heritage engineering expertise and lottery funding the pier had been saved for future generations.
The pier had at last been restored to its true glory and was voted Pier of the Year in 1999 by the National Piers Society. This honour was repeated in 2013 after the pier promenade had its first full repainting and repairs at a cost of £795,000 twenty four years after it had been restored. Repainting of the structure of the Pier Head had been carried out in 2005 for £398,000.
The pier’s status as an icon of national importance was acknowledged by the awarding of Grade 1 listed status in 2001. The only Grade 1 listed pier in England in tact, the only other grade 1 listed Pier is Brighton West Pier which has almost totally disappeared after a sad catalogue of decay, fires and storms.