A RALLYING cry for the community to back the bid to restore and regenerate Bognor Regis’ seafront landmark has been given.
Jan Malpas, one of the members of the Bognor Pier Trust, said she hoped the community would become the focal point of the group’s efforts to rejuvenate the town’s pier.
Jan said: “We have had fundraising events which have been great.
“They have been well attended and we have had a lot of support.
“The Caribbean party in the summer was fantastic.
“Everyone was excited and having a good time and we need more of that.
“The trust want to community to be at the nucleus of what we are doing. We need your support.
“We need your help.”
Jan said grants and funding received from the lottery, Bognor Regis Town Council, Sainsbury’s and Tesco had been a big help.
She said: “We are also looking at other ways of trying to raise the trust’s profile so more people know what we are about.
“We have ideas to get t-shirts printed, car stickers, badges.
“We have also been at local events like the Southdowns Folk Festival to get the word out.”
Next year will be the 150th anniversary of the pier and the trust is already starting to think about how to mark it.
“Keep Bank Holiday Monday, May 4, 2015, free,” said Jan.
“We hope to be able to do something big to mark the pier’s 150th year.”
Fellow trust member Paul Wells agreed public support for the group’s efforts was vital.
“When we apply for grants we need to show that we have the support of the town. Organisations like the Lottery, who may give us funding, need to know the community supports what we are trying to do,” said Mr Wells.
Anyone who would like to help the trust achieve its aims can join the Friends of Bognor Regis Pier.
Friends will receive a regular email newsletter and invitations to events.
The trust is also on the look out for people to join its board. For more information on the trust and how to become a friend, visit www.bognorpiertrust.co.uk or e-mail email@example.com.