Big Lottery prize will pay for new canopy

THUMBS UP: Pier Trust chairman Doreen Stone
THUMBS UP: Pier Trust chairman Doreen Stone

PIER TRUST campaigners are “bowled over” after whining a £60,000 award from the Big Lottery Fund — but say that is just the start of their fundraising plans fur the seafront landmark. The money was awarded as part of ITV Meridian’s People’s Millions competition, with the good news announced on the pier by presenter Sarah Saunders. The Herne Bay Pier Trust went head-to-head with the East Kent Railway Trust in Shepherdswell in the contest, and will use the funds to build a retractable canopy over the pier, ensuring it can be used for concerts, plays and other events, come rain or shine.


“This is the people’s pier and they have voted for us,”

told Councillor Andrew Cook.

“Hopefully we can build on this, and get more sponsorship. With more money we can do a lot more – from little acorns big trees grow!”

The trust is planning a very special Christmas on the pier with a series of “Santa Days” planned throughout December Father Christmas will take time off his busy schedule to attend, and the huts will be open for shopping, hot drinks and snacks. And on Sunday, December 21, Santa’s reindeer will pay the pier a visit, and there will be rides, entertainment and more food and drink stalls.

JOY: Crowds joined the celebration
JOY: Crowds joined the celebration

“We hope to have a really vibrant pier for 2015, which, with more funding, will be getting even better in 2016.”

the trust said in a statement.

“The award is absolutely brilliant news and I’d like to say thank you to everyone who voted”

said Doreen Stone, the chairman of the trust.

“This really was a community effort the whole town was behind us. This just shows that by working together we can do so much in Herne Bay. Although the Pier Trust spearheaded the bid, we were amazed just how many people turned out to support us. The teachers and schoolchildren here have been brilliant – thank you.”


“We hope the whole community will find something to enjoy on the pier next year. All ideas and activities are welcomed. It’s fabulous news for the pier and it’s great news for the town.”

agreed Nigel Hancock, who also runs the Independent group Herne Bay for Business.

  • Christmas on Herne Bay Pier starts on Sunday and continues on December 13, 14 and 20, between 11.30 and 4pm – with the grand finale on December 21 between noon and pm.
  • To make a donation to the pier visit www.localgiving.com/hernebaypier or see hernebaypiertrust.org

Herne Bay Times, December 3rd 2014

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