Feel the Force by JulesPH

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Remains of Brighton West Pier (UK) lit up by lasers 10/2/10

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Opening in 1866 as a simple promenade pier, by the early twentieth century with the addition of a theatre and concert hall, it had become a thriving centre of seaside entertainment. By the late 1920’s the fully developed West Pier was enjoying its glamorous heyday.

With the outbreak of the second world war, and the changed circumstances of its aftermath, the fortunes of the West Pier began to decline. As the fashion for foreign holidays took hold in the 50’s and 60’s, the neglected pier fell into disrepair. Declared unsafe, the grand old lady was closed to the public in 1975.

Almost immediately the battle to restore the pier to its former glory began. However, it wasn’t until 1998, with the granting of a major Lottery award, that that goal seemed achievable. Sadly, hopes of restoration were dashed when the pier was destroyed by fire in 2003.

‘The Ashes’ Feb 2010
‘Night of Low Light’ Feb 2010


  • inglesina
    inglesinaalmost 5 years ago

    That was quick! Great shot :)

  • It was now or never. It was hard to choose just a couple. How are your pics?

    – JulesPH

  • Mark Chapman
    Mark Chapmanalmost 5 years ago

    Nice shot Julie, well captured.
    And yes this was always my favourite pier out of the two at Brighton when I was a kid.

  • Thank u Mark. So you’re old enough to remember it then? (Sorry couldn’t resist) LOL :-)

    – JulesPH

  • Mark Chapman
    Mark Chapmanalmost 5 years ago

    Ooh you cheeky thing! (you know how to hit where it hurts).

  • BCImages
    BCImagesalmost 5 years ago

  • Lilfr38
    Lilfr38almost 5 years ago

    Surreal and awesome!

  • Many thanx :)

    – JulesPH

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 5 years ago

    Feb 16,2010

    Wonderful capture

  • inglesina
    inglesinaalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations!!! 2 features……………… :)

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurralmost 5 years ago

    Nice treatment of a classic subject.

  • Thanks Gary

    – JulesPH

  • faulsey
    faulseyover 4 years ago

    julie what a beautiful capture great shot

  • Thank you very much.

    – JulesPH

  • StephenRB
    StephenRBover 4 years ago

    Great shot of the force. Saw some of your others on Flickr too where my name is MX700:)

  • Thank you Stephen. Glad you like them.

    – JulesPH

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