Eastbourne Pier to partially reopen to public

Fire on Eastbourne Pier
Image caption The fire started behind wood panelling in the arcade building sending plumes of smoke into the air

Eastbourne's fire-damaged pier will partially reopen on 27 September, it has been announced.

Traders whose shops were damaged in the fire on 31 July were moved into temporary pop-up premises.

Walkways have been constructed from the front of the pier to allow visitors to access undamaged sections beyond.

Visitors will be able to visit about two-thirds of the 1,000ft (304m) pier, including shops, a cafe and nightclub, Eastbourne District Council said.

Traders will begin to move back into their shops and a family fun day will be held to mark its partial reopening, a council spokesman said.

In August, 44-year-old Stephen Penrice, from Cumbria, died when he fell from the 1870s Grade II* listed pier while working on the fire-damaged attraction.

Police are treating the cause of the fire as "suspicious". No arrests have been made.

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