Charlie’s haircut to boost pier’s future

SCHOOLBOY Charlie Hobbs is getting a haircut – and Bognor Regis Pier will benefit.

The locks of Charlie, ten, will be tackled by the hairdresser’s scissors on April 2 at on Station Road.

The Nyewood CofE Junior School pupil said: “I want to help the pier for the future so it looks good.

“I like the views of the sea from the pier.

“I think every town that is on the seaside should have a pier because it makes it have more character.”

Charlie’s mum, Zena Hobbs, of Birdham Close, said his hair was about 3-4in long. “His fringe is over his eyes now and I can just about tie his hair in a ponytail,” she said.

“He’s going to look massively different when his hair’s been done.”

Both of Charlie’s parents are supporting the Friends of Bognor Regis Pier in their quest to help Bognor Pier Trust get £5m of Heritage Lottery Fund backing.

The trust is working with the pier’s owner, John Ayers, to take the landmark back into community ownership and to help preserve, restore and enhance it as part of the wider regeneration of the town.

The trust, which is being backed by the Bognor Regis Observer, aims to return the pier to the elegant 
and traditional attraction it used to be and to secure its future.

Members of the Friends pledged at least £50 to Charlie at their latest coffee morning last week.

Chairman Jan Malpas said: “This is just the sort of thing we want to see.

“It’s fantastic of Charlie to do this.

“The more young people we can get involved the better because what we are doing for the pier will be for the benefit of future generations.”