Weekend of fun for pier

INDOOR and outdoor events are being held next month to support Bognor Regis Pier.

The activities will turn Easter weekend into a time to back the pier for residents and visitors of all ages.

They have been arranged by the town’s mayor, Cllr Paul Wells, to support the work of the Bognor Pier Trust to seek millions of pounds of lottery money to restore the historic landmark.

Cllr Wells said: “The weekend should give the seafront a boost to start the summer season, help the concession holders and provide a big opportunity to get the message out about the trust and its work.”

The trust is working with the pier’s owner, John Ayers, and Bognor Regis Town Council to take it back into public ownership.

It has set up a community interest company to enable that to be achieved with the support of Mr Ayers.

But the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund is needed to begin to ensure the pier reclaims its rightful place as one of the heritage assets of the town.

People will have the chance to support this work on the Mayor’s Charity Weekend of Easter Saturday and Sunday.

There will be a funfair along the seafront, an Easter egg hunt and trust members out and about collecting donations and providing information about its activities.

Music fans will be able to enjoy a concert by The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute at 7.30pm on the Saturday in the Alexandra Theatre.

Tickets are priced £10 and the headline act will be supported by Screaming Lez and The All In The Mind Minders and The Feel. All the proceeds will go to the trust.

“Most of the musicians are local to show the community effort that is going in to supporting the pier,” said Cllr Wells. “The funfair will also be making a donation to the trust .”

The Wonder Girls dance troupe will be performing on the Place St Maur on Easter Sunday afternoon.

Other activities are being lined up to add to the programme.

“There should be something for everyone and it should bring everyone together with the same aim,” said Cllr Wells.