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Friday 22 August 2003
BBC Bus - Withernsea
A day at the seaside

This is the first time that the BBC Bus has visited the sea front at Withernsea, and what a day.

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It started off quiet, but as the day progressed then more people came and visited the bus.

We had a visit from a gentleman who has been listening to BBC Radio Humberside for the past 22 years.

He came to tell us that whilst he was listening to the Soap Box with Peter Adamson, about 4 years ago, the subject of bowel cancer arose and he realised he had the symptoms that were being described on air.

He went to the Doctors later that day and the Doctor sent him straight to hospital, when he arrived at the hospital he was told that he had to have an operation.

He that went for a check up with his local GP and the GP told him to phone BBC Radio Humberside and thank them for the advise he received from the show as they had just saved his life. Malcolm is now enjoying life to the full and has never felt better.

The beach was rather quiet today when we went to look over to see where the pier used to be.

Withernsea pier was built with wood, steal and iron back in 1877 at a cost of £12,000 and stood 1,196ft long. The admission price back then was 1 old penny.

In October 1880 the ship Saffron hit the centre of the pier taking out a 250ft section. This was repaired using just wood.

The Saffron was refloated and can now be found in the Withernsea Lifeboat Musem.

An unnamed ship then hit the end of the pier in February 1888, and then it was hit again by a Grimsby fishing boat this reduced the length of the pier to 300ft. In 1893 the Henry Parr hit the Pier and left just 50ft, then when the sea wall was replaced in 1903 the final 50ft was removed.

Today all that is left of the 1,196ft pier is the two towers that were at the front of the pier. There is a memorial ant the front of the towers where this information came form.

More information on Withernsea can be found on the website www.council.withernsea.com.


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