Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Victorian IoM pier's future debated at Ramsey meeting

Queen's Pier campaigner, Tom Durrant
Image caption The Queen's Pier Restoration Trust held a meeting in Ramsey to find out residents' thoughts about the pier's future

A public meeting has been held to gather support for the restoration of a Victorian Pier in the Isle of Man.

The Queen's Pier Restoration Trust said more than 100 people attended the event in Ramsey on Thursday.

In 2011 Tynwald approved £1.7m to stabilise and protect the Queen's Pier on the north coast of the island.

Thousands of tonnes of steel reinforcement were used to secure the structure and stop potentially hazardous debris falling into the sea.

Tom Durrant from the Trust would now like to see the pier restored to its former glory.

Image copyright Manx National Heritage
Image caption The Queen's Pier in Ramsey, built in 1886 at a cost of about £45,000, was a major tourist attraction in the Victorian era

He said: "We had a lot of public support at the meeting- over 100 people.

"Ramsey Pier is as important to the Isle of Man as the Laxey Wheel.

"This rebirth will allow us to bring it back to the way it was all those years ago."

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne said: "It is an important piece of our heritage - we can't just leave it to crumble into the sea."

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