Well, dear reader, here’s an interesting little something… a report on our dainty little town, as viewed through the eyes of a visitor from afar.
RE: Herne Bay Pier Pavilion
We recently visited Herne Bay for the first time and on the whole enjoyed our day in the town. However, we were both rather horrified and aghast at the sight of the 1976 Pier Pavilion.
After recovering from our disbelief we decided that while a building so municipal, imposing and downright ugly may have made sense on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, as the focal point of a ‘Victorian’ coastal resort it was akin to seeing the Queen making a public appearance with chocolate spread smeared on her cheek.
We understand it comes from a period of history when architects and town planners were realising that they could make or save a lot of money by dispensing with beauty, care, aesthetics and consideration and that function very much took priority over form, but I have never seen such an ugly building having such an inappropriate impact on its surroundings: Nothing short of traumatic.
No passing of time, changing of fashion or understanding of irony could ever make the Pier Pavilion ‘fit’ in its present surroundings.
One or two Monty Python sketches come to mind, luckily never actually put into practice, but the most pertinent would have to be the famous image of the oversized, naked foot descending and crushing a collection of otherwise harmonious and innocent ‘bystanders’ accompanied by the sound of someone blowing a raspberry.
PLEASE dismantle the Pier Pavilion if only as a kindness and a lifeline to the rest of the seafront and the businesses that depend on it, and we, and others, may consider visiting Herne Bay again.
We feel sure it could be removed even more quickly and ‘carelessly’ than it was put there 35 years ago. Please do let me know if there are any plans to this effect.
Perhaps it has been a major tourist attraction in some ironic way. Maybe the people of Herne Bay have grown to love it. Or does it serve to keep the nasty tourists away. Perhaps roller hockey is more popular than I first thought?!
Other than the Pier Pavilion which I have to admit is a bit of a talking point, I should say that we did have a lovely day and would definitely choose Herne Bay over Whitstable on most counts on our next escapade from London.