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Hastings’ revamped pier opens

Six years ago Hastings Pier went up in flames, but the town’s most beloved feature has reopened after a £14.2m renovation. There are 360° views from the new Deck (pictured), clad with the old pier’s timber and containing a museum exploring its history. Visitors can still enjoy traditional seaside attractions referencing its mid-century heyday, from vintage funfair rides to a tarot reader’s booth. The pavilion houses a bar and restaurant, and also hosts regular events, including open-air cinema and concerts, a nod to its former esteem as a rock and roll venue. The pier is an apt symbol for the town itself, which has recently enjoyed a new lease of life, giving nearby Brighton a run for its money with its gamut of boutique shops and cool restaurants (AG Hendy & Co is both; aghendy.com). But don’t overlook Hastings at its old-school best – the Victorian funiculars, crazy-golf course and seafood shacks are all reminders of why we do like to be beside the seaside.

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