Herne Bay like Margate lost its Pier in the storm of 1978. But unlike Margate it managed to save a short section and whilst the original Pier Head still remains like a ghostly reminder of its previous glory, the current pier is a fraction of the original length of over One mile. As we got to the entrance we were accosted by two delightful people who were drumming up support for Peoples Millions for Herne Bay Pier. We had quite a chat and I must apologise to the man I forgot your name but I do remember Doreen so if she reads this Hi. I told them I run this blog and that I would mention them and the Peoples Millions votes which start today 24th 11.2014. So Doreen here is your mention. After our chat we went to the end of the pier and on the way stopped to speak to the two stall holders who were open. The first was the Jewellery stall of Daniel Wilds. We chatted to him about his hand made contemporary Jewellery and them moved on to the unit next door run by an artist.
The Peoples millions if they were successful would help cover the pier over making it an all weather venue and an all year round destination attracting visitors fifty two weeks of the year no matter the weather. The more visitor to the town them more money being spent helping all businesses in the area. We carried on our walk to the end of the pier looking out over the mile of open sea to the surviving Pier Head and wondering if Margate will ever get a new Pier?
Janet Street-Porter's WhitstableThe Loose Women presenter Janet Street-Porter on a seaside town in Kent, the "perfect place to escape" for a weekend.