West Pier in 1997, Brighton, UK

In May 1997 tours of Brighton’s famous West Pier were held as part of Brighton Festival. Here history writer Peter Chrisp shares his photos and memories of the pier as it stood then, before it was destroyed by fire in

Archive black and white photograph of the West Pier, Brighton before it fell into ruin. This is how it looked when I took my daughters to Peter Pans paddling pool, she's 40 next month, where have those years gone.!!!

Archive black and white photograph of the West Pier, Brighton before it fell into ruin. This is how it looked when I took my daughters to Peter Pans paddling pool, she's 40 next month, where have those years gone.

Inside Brighton's West Pier before the fire. The Pier closed in 1975 and by the time this photo was taken, was a crumbling ruin

I wish it still looked like this. Since this photo was taken The West Pier Brighton, UK has suffered 2 senseless arson attacks and there's nothing left except some metal.

Archive photo of of Brighton's West Pier, showing the entrance to the theatre, the pier was built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch

Articles, Images, and Programme for Music Hall at The Palace Pier Theatre, Brighton

Brighton West Pier Pavilion catches fire - 28th March 2003 - Image from the BBC's Brighton webcam

Brighton West Pier Pavilion catches fire - March 2003 - Image from the BBC's Brighton webcam

Archive aerial photo of Brighton's West Pier, taken in April 1927

Lost Britain from above: Thousands of historic aerial photographs - which were almost lost forever - go online for the first time

What an insight into how it once was >> Rare aerial photographs: Aerial photos of Britain go online: West Pier, Brighton

The Argus: The West Pier tilts over at a severe angle in this picture taken in January 2003. It has been disappearing into the sea since the...

The Argus: The West Pier, Brighton tilts over at a severe angle in this picture taken in January 2003

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Archive photo of the West Pier, Brighton, the pier was built by Eugenius Birch in 1866

Archive photo of the decaying West Pier, Brighton: The Pier closed in 1975 and by the time this photo was taken, was a crumbling ruin

Archive photo of the decaying West Pier, Brighton: The Pier closed in 1975 and by the time this photo was taken, was a crumbling ruin

The West Pier, Brighton (2004)

Detail of the only surviving peace of the West Pier standing in a roughly intact state in December 2004

Brighton West Pier Concert Hall

The concert hall of the west Pier Brighton. Opened as 1400 seat theatre in Taken when there was still a pier to restore.

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