The Walk down Southend Pier 20/10/2012

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As you can see, Southend Pier hasn’t half changed over the years and the only thing you can really say with certainty is; the Victorians wouldn’t recognise it. And neither would you, if your last journey to Southend was in the 1990’s.

Our jury was out. One of our number who walked the pier yesterday, by self definition an antisocial bas**rd, bemoaned its loss of heritage. I quite liked the open plan and sparseness. But then, I’ve never been a fan of Brighton Pier. It’s too claustrophobic for my liking.

Is it a bad thing that it’s not a Victorian Pier anymore? That the Edwardian lifeboat house has been replaced by a modern efficient thing?

Does it make it any less tourist worthy? Should we see its change from Victorian to 21st century as a retrograde step?

It has a cafe or two at the end.  Ok so one wasn’t open on our day out. It also has a Heritage Centre – also not open.

It’s still the longest pier in the world! It still has a train.

I suppose it all depends on what you expect from a pier