I had a well deserved day off yesterday after the busy time I've had during the Brighton Fringe. I decided to go for a stroll along the seafront. I was surprised to see the work has begun on the new i360 development by the West Pier. The dates were openly out there of when this removal of posts was going to take place, but I think I might have subconsciously blocked it out. It was a shock to me. It was like some kind of attack was taking place.
Watching the digger work next to the pile of posts I felt extremely sad. I have enjoyed walking past the 'vibing' West Pier area as people gather to socialise, play music or tight rope with some neat circus type skills. It dawned on me that things will never be the same in that area again.
I decided to start a hashtag on twitter today #westpierposts to try help my sadness. I have used it to share some of my instagram images of the West Pier and it's posts. Yes, I know they are only posts on a beach, but I realise how much I loved them. I have so many great memories form all times of the year on this beach. I love the West Pier and sorting through my Instagram pics I realise how many photographs I have taken of it.
Lots of other people have been posting their pics using the #westpierposts hashtag and I hope it continues. I have numerous more photographs stored away on hard-drives. When the sadness has subsided I may have a look through them and share them.
Some people are saying that the change will be a good thing. I don't know. My personal opinion is that something better could have been done in that area. I would be interested to know what you think.
So for now, I will share a handful of pics to show how much I loved these rusty old posts and that the West Pier always has a really special place in my heart.
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