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The Pier Redcar

The Pier Redcar

A view looking eastwards along the front at Redcar, with the pier dominating the scene. Redcar Pier Company was formed in 1866 but work did not begin until August 1871. The 1300 foot structure opened on 2nd June 1873 to the public, The 1300 foot structure opened on 2nd June 1873 to the design of J.E. & A.Dowson. Facilities included a 700-seat bandstand and separate landing stage; this was one of two piers at this point on the coast; the other was at Coatham. The pier was demolished finally in 1981 having become unstable. Julie Matthews believes: ”I may be wrong but I think it was demolished later than 1981. I worked in the front part which was a restaurant as a Saturday girl waitress around 1977 to 1979, whilst I was still at school.” Craig White has assisted with: ”It was taken down in the winter of 1980 / 1981.
The restaurant was open till quite near the end , often a Police van was parked outside picking up meals for prisoners in Redcar nick !
If it had survived a few more years it may have made it into the preservation era as opposed to the demolish everything old era that prevailed in the 1960’s and 1970’s.”
Image courtesy of a supporter of the Archive, historical information courtesy of National Piers Society and thanks to Julie Matthews and Craig White for the updates.

2 comments to The Pier Redcar

  • Julie Matthews

    I may be wrong but I think it was demolished later than 1981. I worked in the front part which was a restaurant as a Saturday girl waitress around 1977 to 1979, whilst I was still at school.

  • Craig White

    It was taken down in the winter of 1980 / 1981.
    The restaurant was open till quite near the end , often a Police van was parked outside picking up meals for prisoners in Redcar nick !
    If it had survived a few more years it may have made it into the preservation era as opposed to the demolish everything old era that prevailed in the 1960’s and 70’s.

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