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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

West Pier, Brighton

This was the West Pier in Brighton, on the south coast of England. The pier was erected in 1866 and remained largely unaltered after the addition of a concert hall in 1916. The disused pier partially collapsed in 2002 and a mysterious fire destroyed much of the remaining structure in 2003. In this photo, which shows the state of the pier in the mid- to late 1990s, you can see the massive flock of starlings which used to take to the skies and swarm, cloud-like, above the end of the pier at sunset every day, before settling for the night inside the abandoned structure. You can read more of the history of the pier here.