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Fri 9 Oct 2009 11:00 BBC Radio 4 FM only

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 09 October 2009

In July 2008, fire destroyed the famous pavilion on Weston-super-Mare's Grand Pier. But, while other piers crumble, this one is being re-built. Some experts say the new pavilion will make it the best seaside pier in the world.

Chris Ledgard meets the owners, architects and builders to relive the day of the fire, investigate the building project, and find out what the future holds for one of Britain's best-known seaside resorts.

  • Weston Pier

    Weston Pier

    View from the seaward end looking back inland at the very end of the pier.
    (Copyright Chris Abbot Photography)

  • Weston Pier

    Weston Pier

    Bracing struts between the original piles are replaced by first cutting out the old retaining bolts.
    (Copyright Chris Abbot Photography)

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