Southsea’s South Parade Pier Wins Award


Owners and backers of the revamped South Parade Pier celebrated this week when the destination was presented with a top award by the National Piers Society (NPS).

The NPS praised the pier, which came close to collapse before it was lovingly restored last year, saying it had been brought “beautifully back from the brink”.

The recognition follows the site’s unveiling last year, following years of hard work to secure its revival after a fire. Tommy Ware Snr, who co-owns the attraction alongside Bobby Pettett Snr, said: ‘We really are over the moon with this award. ‘When we took on the pier about five years ago it was falling apart – if nothing had been done it would likely be in the sea. ‘But it’s back and it’s busy, and if it wasn’t for the team that fixed it up and the people who run it now we wouldn’t be here.’ Tim Wardley, chairman of the NPS, added: ‘The pier has undergone a remarkable transformation and I’m absolutely delighted on behalf of our members at South Parade Pier for earning this award.’

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