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Huts, markets and a boating lake on pier

Trust reveals ambitious plans for summer season

SUMMER FUN: Another pier market is planned
SUMMER FUN: Another pier market is planned

SEVENTEEN more huts, a children’s boating lake and another market are just some of the plans coming to fruition at Herne Bay’s Pier this summer. Following the success of Market on the Pier in May and June 7, another has been announced for Saturday, June 21 from 10am to 4pm. The event is being arranged by new market manager Karen Kerly and will be a combination of farmers’ market and vintage collectables. It is hoped these will split into two separate markets in the future. Pier Trust chairman Doreen Stone said:

“Despite the chilly weather at the May markets, visitors were stocking up with quality food which included Italian breads, cakes and savouries, Kentish beers and ciders, fudge, plants, and meat which included home-reared pork and sausages, as well as game and other quality meats. The high standard of the vintage stalls attracted a lot of customers and the soft fruit stall did a roaring trade. Now Herne Bay should see the first two huts of this year’s expansion of the Pier Village going up. Although the trust has not yet received the lease for the tarmac, very positiimeetings have taken place to iron out the details of the lease with Canterbury City Council and the trust’s ambitions to bring the platform to life are progressing. We have to remind ourselves that we only started the first phase of 12 huts less than a year ago.”

Swales Bailey, which owns the pier helter skelter, is adding the lake with six battery-operated boats, a sandpit and other activities.

Development

The new 17-hut development will include a larger tea room with a covered seating area. The trust plans to add public toilets to the pier when it completes its survey of the existing plumbing. The June markets follow events such as the Giant Easter Bunny treasure hunt attended by more than 400 children and an animal petting farm. The Pier Trust is urgently seeking volunteers to spend an hour or two in its shop at the entrance of the pier. Due to ill health of key staff, the rota needs a few more helpers. Anyone who can spare an hour or two a week for serving and chatting to visitors can drop a note into the shop postbox in Central Parade or go to www.hernebaypiertrust.co.uk

Herne Bay Times, June 11th 2014

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