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The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier is a pleasure pier in Brighton, England. A pier in Lillebælt, Denmark illustrates the simplest form of pier Southend Pier in England is one of the longest piers, at 1. ... Brighton is located on the south coast of England and together with its immediate neighbour Hove forms the city of Brighton & Hove. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population...

The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier
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The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier

Generally known as the Palace Pier before being unofficially renamed by its current owners as Brighton Pier in 2000 (a change not recognised by the National Piers Society), it was begun in 1891 and opened in May 1899 after costing a record £137,000 to build. A concert hall opened two years later. By 1911 this had become a theatre, but it was later controversially removed, under an understanding that it would be replaced. This never happened, and the present seaward end building looks fairly modern in comparison with the rest of the structure. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 1917 KB) Description: Brighton Pier. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 1917 KB) Description: Brighton Pier. ... The National Piers Society is a registered charity in the United Kingdom dedicated to promoting and sustaining interest in the preservation and continued enjoyment of seaside piers. ...


It was Brighton's third pier. A condition to be met by its builders, in exchange for permission to build, was that the first, The Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, was to be demolished. They were saved this task by a storm which largely destroyed the Chain Pier. The Royal Suspension Chain Pier was the first pier built in Brighton, England. ...

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Recent history

Brighton Pier suffered a large fire on 4 February 2003 but the damage was limited and most of the pier was able to reopen the next day. This was a fraught period for Brighton's piers, with much damage occurring to the West Pier (of 1866) shortly before and after this event. February 4 is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The West Pier, showing the collapse of the concert hall, before the fire. ...


In 2004 the current owners, the Brighton Marine Palace Pier Company (owned by the Noble Organisation), admitted an offence of breaching public safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act and had to pay fines and costs of £37,000 after a fairground ride was operated with part of its track missing. Judge Nicholas Ainley, passing sentence at Hove Crown Court, said that inadequate procedures were to blame for the fact that nothing had been done to alert staff or passengers that the ride would be dangerous to use. The Health and Safety at Work Act (HASWA or HASAWA) is a United Kingdom law enacted in 1974 that set basic principles which must be followed by both employees and employers to help ensure a safe working environment. ... The town of Hove is a next-door neighbour of Brighton, on the south coast of England. ... Crown Court and County Court in Oxford. ...


In 2005 the pier was raided by police and immigration officials searching for illegal foreign workers and several people were taken away.


Popular culture

  • The pier features in the 1971 film, Carry On at Your Convenience, and is frequently shown iconically to "set" film and television features in Brighton.
  • The opening scene of the Doctor Who serial 'The Leisure Hive' was shot here and the old 'Palace Pier' sign is featured prominatly.
  • Palace Pier is the title of a novel by Keith Waterhouse, set in Brighton.

The Carry On films were a long-running series of British popular low_budget comedy films, directed by Gerald Thomas and produced by Peter Rodgers. ... Keith Waterhouse (born 6 February 1929 in Leeds, England) is a novelist, newspaper columnist, and the writer of many television series. ...

Awards

The National Piers Society is a registered charity in the United Kingdom dedicated to promoting and sustaining interest in the preservation and continued enjoyment of seaside piers. ...

External links

  • Brighton Pier official site

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