Cleethorpes Pier: Best pier title holder up for sale

Cleethorpes Pier Image copyright RPB Agency
Image caption Cleethorpes Pier, which was originally built to attract Victorian tourists to the resort, has had numerous owners and uses over the years

A refurbished Victorian pleasure pier voted the best in the country has been put up for sale.

Cleethorpes Pier, which dates back to 1873 and was built at a cost of £8,000, has recently undergone a £5m renovation.

It now features a restaurant, tea-room and wedding venue.

Earlier this year, the 335ft (100m) pier, one of the shortest in the UK, was voted Pier of the Year by the National Piers Society.

Current owner Bryan Huxford, who bought it three years ago, said he wanted to return the pier to the community and see it develop under new owners.

Tim Mickleburgh, honorary vice-president of the National Piers Society, said its current owners had widened its appeal.

He said: "In the past it was a nightclub and only had the evening clientele."

The venue is advertised as being open to offers.

Cleethorpes Pier

  • Cleethorpes Pier was mainly financed by a railway company in an attempt to attract Victorian tourists to the resort
  • When it first opened, the walkway was 1,200ft (365m) long but in World War Two a section of the pier was removed amid fears of German invasion
  • After the war the isolated part of the pier was demolished, reducing it to its present length

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