Pier announces plans for centenary celebrations
centenary of Burnham-On-Sea's pier is to be marked next year with
a number of celebrations, its owners have announced this week.
Pavilion, which is widely regarded as being Britain's shortest
pier, will hold several events to mark its 100th anniversary since
Louise Parkin, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We want to
mark the centenary of this much-loved building in style next Spring."
planning several events when residents and visitors will be encouraged
to get involved."
added: "We are interested to hear from local families who
have relatives celebrating their 100th birthday next year. We'd
love to get as many of them along to join the celebrations as
we're very keen to find out more about the pier's history. There
are many theories on why it was built - including that it was
a 'showroom' to display the concrete and steel workmanship and,
alternatively, that it was actually second-hand and came from
are especially interested in seeing any early photographs of the
original opening back in 1914."
show the Edwardian pier was built between 1911 and 1914 and was
the first concrete structure of its kind in Europe. It is built
of granite chippings brought from Penryn in Cornwall.