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PUBLISHED: 12:57 11 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:20 20 February 2013

The Grand Pier before 28 July 2008. Photo by Guy Edwardes

The Grand Pier before 28 July 2008. Photo by Guy Edwardes

Next month's featured article - The Grand Pier has been the backdrop to the lives of so many generations, and it is a great tragedy that so soon after its grand reopening celebrations in April it should be destroyed by such a devastating fire. The...







The Grand Pier has been the backdrop to the lives of so many generations, and it is a great tragedy that so soon after its grand reopening celebrations in April it should be destroyed by such a devastating fire. The new owners, brother and sister business duo Kerry and Michelle Michael, only took over the Pier in February and they spent £1 million developing the pier for the new season. Thanks to Kerry and Michelle Michael the Grand Pier will rise again, hopefully more magnificent than ever before.








The Grand Pier Official Opening on 11 June 1904. Photo courtesy of the 'Weston Mercury'



The Grand Pier in 1928. Photo courtesy of the 'Weston Mercury'



The Grand Pier in 1931, having been destroyed by fire in 1930. The Pier was rebuilt and reopened in 1933. Photo courtesy of the 'Weston Mercury'



The Grand Pier's Reopening Celebrations on 26 April 2008. Photo courtesy of the Grand Pier



Flames tragically engulfing the pier on the morning of 28 July 2008. Photo courtesy of the 'Weston Mercury'



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