There has been a pier in the middle of Bournemouth’s 7 miles of sandy beach for almost 150 years. Storms, corrosion, wood worm and war have caused numerous changes to its shape over that time, but it has existed in its present form for the last 30. In summer it hosts plays and concerts in its theatre, welcomes pleasure steamers to its landing stage, acts as a backdrop to weekly fire work displays and is the focal point of the annual Bournemouth Airshow. If there is ever a heat wave on a bank holiday, you can bet that it will feature in a national newspaper’s frontpage photo as thousands of tourists flock to the beach.
Tonight, just as daylight was disappearing, it all looked a lot more serene.