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  1. Hastings Pier reopening: As it happened on Wednesday 27 April 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Clark Ainsworth

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it from us

    But remember to keep sending us your pictures and memories of the pier.

    You can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook

    And if you missed BBC South East Today's special programme from the pier, you can watch it on the iPlayer

  2. 'It's hugely important'

    We spoke to Simon Opie, the Chief Executive of the Hastings Pier Group, live on BBC South East Today.

    Here's what he said.

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    Video caption: Interview with Simon Opie
  3. 'When I was a child I lived on this pier'

    We spoke to Pam Kentish, who was one of the first people on the reopened pier. 

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    Video caption: Hastings Pier interviews
  4. Ready to go on air

    Rachel Mackley gets ready for BBC South East's live programme from Hastings Pier at 18.30 BST on BBC One.

  5. Fingers crossed for our special programme

    We're hoping the weather holds for our special programme from the pier.

    Polly Evans will be presenting from 18:30 BST on BBC One.

    Hastings Pier
    Image caption: Hastings Pier
  6. Your tweets from Hastings

    Here are some of the best images you've been sharing from the reopening of the pier today.

  7. BBC Sussex celebrates pier reopening

    From 17.00 BST, BBC Sussex's Sarah Gorrell will be looking back to the day in 2010 when the pier was gutted by fire, and forward to its future.

    Sarah will also be previewing South East Today's special programme from the pier this evening. It starts at 18:30 BST on BBC One.

    Listen to Sarah's show by clicking below.

  8. Montage of your photos

    We've been asking for your pictures and memories of the pier.

    Pete Holloway sent us this lovely image taken in 2007.

    You can watch a music montage of your pictures here.

    Hastings Pier
    Image caption: Hastings Pier
  9. The pier from the air

    Here's a look at the reopened pier from the sky today.

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    Video caption: Hastings Pier aerial pictures
  10. Special programme from the pier

    BBC South East Today presenter Polly Evans will be anchoring a special programme from the pier this evening.

    She'll be speaking to Simon Opie, the Chief Executive of the Hastings Pier Group, and Archie Lauchlan, who has directed a film about the pier's transformation. 

    The programme will be on BBC One from 18:30 BST.

    Polly Evans
    Image caption: Polly Evans
  11. 'I saw Jimi Hendrix play on the pier'

    Jimi Hendrix
    Image caption: Jimi Hendrix
  12. People send in their pier memories

    BBC South East Today has been asking you for your pictures and memories of Hastings Pier.

    Ian Matthews, who lives in the town, sent us this photo taken by his parents during their honeymoon in September 1927.   

    You can send us your pictures by tweeting us, posting them on Facebook or emailing us at

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    Image caption: Hastings Pier in 1927
  13. The moment the pier reopened

    People clapped and cheered as the pier's gates opened this morning. 

    Many posed for photographs and spoke about how important it was for the town.

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    Video caption: Hastings Pier reopens
  14. Hastings Pier in figures

    How important could the pier be to the local economy?

    Here are three facts about the redeveloped structure.

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    Video caption: Hastings Pier in numbers
  15. People stroll round whole of Hastings Pier for first time in 10 years

    More than £14m was spent redeveloping the pier after a blaze almost destroyed the structure in 2010.

    On Wednesday morning, people strolled around the entire pier for the first time in about a decade.

    Hastings Pier

    All the facilities on the rebuilt pier, which now includes a restaurant and bar, will be reopened in stages over the coming days.  

  16. Hastings Pier reopening updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016

    Clark Ainsworth

    BBC News

    Good afternoon, Hastings Pier has reopened nearly six years after fire gutted the 144-year-old structure.

    We'll be bringing you people's memories of the pier and their first impressions of the new one.

    Get in touch using on Twitter, you can email us or leave us a comment on our Facebook page.