Memories sought for new book to celebrate the pier

TWO enthusiasts are writing a new book about Bognor Regis Pier.

Paul Wells and Sylvia Endacott are preparing a new version of the joint publication they originally produced in 1990.

The latest update will mark the 150th anniversary of the pier next May as well as being 25 years since their first book was printed.

Paul said: “We are going to do some more research into the pier to find out more about its past.

“We are very keen to hear from people who have got memories of the pier.

“The war years are of special interest. So, we would welcome contact from anyone who knew the pier as HMS St Barbara when it was taken over by the Royal Navy and closed to the public.”

He said any memories of the pier would be appreciated, even if people believed they were unimportant.

“Personal stories are interesting because they could bring new information to light about an aspect of the pier which has been overlooked in the past,” said Paul.

“It could be that they worked on the pier or they may have visited the pier or know of an event that happened there.”

The new book will be timed to appear around the pier’s important anniversary next May 4. A celebration event to mark the occasion is also being planned by the Bognor Pier Trust.

Paul has set up a Facebook page, Reflections of Bognor Regis Pier, to publicise the book.

He can also be emailed at:

Meanwhile, the pier trust is continuing its work towards gaining grants to help its goal of working with the owner, John Ayers, to bring it back into community ownership and renovate it.

There are hopes of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help to achieve its work.

The trust’s first objective is to prevent any further loss or damage to the pier’s structure and to eventually restore it to what it once was – a thriving and bustling attraction at the heart of the town.

Residents are continuing to become Friends of the Pier to show their support for the trust. Further details are available on Facebook on the Friends of Bognor Pier page.