At last, some good news about Hastings Pier.
If you’ve not heard already, the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded Hastings Pier a grant of £11.4 million towards the expected £13.9 million cost for the restoration and rebuilding of Hastings Pier.
You can find a statement and a link to a full press release from the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) here: http://hpwrt.co.uk/
HPWRT have done some sterling work both before and after the fire on Hastings Pier. I had some small involvement with them myself after the fire in October 2010 and know how hard the people involved have worked towards this funding decision.
I’m sure all of the people of the Hastings area would join us at Pierless Music in thanking them for that hard work and wishing them well over the next couple of years. In some ways, this is when the hard work really starts, as the plan is to have Hastings Pier up and running again by the end of 2014.
Anyone with an interest in local music, or music generally, knows that Hastings Pier was once an important venue for live music. It played host to everyone from Gene Vincent to Jimi Hendrix and the Sex Pistols and we hope that those glory days can be revived in some way.
With the recent news that The Crypt is planning to reopen once again, albeit under a different name, it finally looks as though Hastings is going to be put back onto the national live music map once again. It’s about time.
More about that Crypt news can be found here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/a-new-crypt/
Things are really starting to look up for Hastings in many ways, but especially when it comes to original live music. During the brief time that Pierless Music has been around, we have already noticed a real desire and passion for helping to promote both Hastings itself and the original music scene.
It truly looks as though all the various pieces of the musical jigsaw are slowly starting to fall into place and Pierless Music hope that we can be one of those jigsaw pieces.
My only concern is that we might have to change our name from Pierless Music to something more appropriate. If we do, there are far worse reasons for doing so aren’t there?