A stroll along Brighton Pier

Well no visit to Brighton is complete without a glimpse of the pier. And it's even better if your visit includes a stroll along it, whatever the weather. We knew that our visit on 1 December was unlikely to be the best pier strolling weather, but although it was a tad blowy we decided to do just that.

The skies here are deceiving. It was another mild day, but perhaps not as warm as it looks.

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The Brighton Pier - or to give it its full name the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, opened in 1899 and as the Brighton Pavilion was built as a pleasure palace, this is a pleasure pier. It was also known as the Palace pier but is often informally referred to just as Brighton pier. When it was built it cost a record £27,000 - wow.

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Well every visit to the seaside needs a seaside snap...

And yes, that is the Brighton Wheel you can see overlooking the beach there.

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 THERE WEREN'T MANY TAKERS FOR DECKCHAIRS EITHER...

THERE WEREN'T MANY TAKERS FOR DECKCHAIRS EITHER...

Well you know me and ironwork. And well you know me and that thing I have about looking up...

You can imagine then just how happy the next shot makes me...

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In the distance you can see the remains of the West Pier which closed in the mid-seventies and was then damaged by fires and storms. In 2010 it was partially demolished and this is all that remains. It's almost like the pier's last stand...

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And while it was a nice stroll, it was a bit blowy so a few cobwebs were shifted in just a short walk. But oh, what a walk...