News Archive For: 2008

Red Arrows wow Weston crowd

Red Arrows wow Weston crowd

Hundreds of people thronged Weston’s Grand Pier to watch the Red Arrows display earlier this afternoon.

For 22 minutes residents and visitors alike were wowed by a fantastic display which took place above and either side of the attraction.

People also lined the seafront and the beach craning their necks for a view.

A few were lucky enough to speak to RAF members Jon Trott and flight lieutenant Andy Robins, who helped to coordinate the death-defying display, as the aces, some of whom had recently returned from active service in Iraq and Afghanistan showed off their stuff.

Team leader Jon...

Grand Pier history goes on display

Items, including melted coins and a lamppost, salvaged from the charred remains of The Pavilion at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare will go on display at the town’s museum this week in a special exhibition about the pier.

The exhibition at the museum in Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare will chart the 104-year history of the pier, which was hit by a devastating fire on July 28 destroying the historic Pavilion.

Visitors will be able to see at close quarters the destructive force of the fire with items including an ipod and a camera that have been recovered from the wreckage.

Pier owners...

Son of original Grand Pier architect looks back in time

One reader has a special reason to feel emotional about the Grand Pier fire. John Darby, whose father Nicholas Darby was the architect who designed the most recent pavilion, has expressed his sorrow at the loss of the building.

Mr Darby senior was an architect who ran his own company in Weston for many years and lived in the town. He died in 1969 and at that time was the senior partner of Darby, Rigg and Partners in The Centre.

John wrote to the Weston & Somerset Mercury this week and said:

“I would like to congratulate you on your coverage of the Grand Pier Fire in the Mercury. Last week...

Grand Pier museum exhibit

Parts of Weston’s Grand Pier could soon be exhibited in a new display at North Somerset Museum. Pier owners Kerry and Michelle Michael, are in talks with the museum’s manager to see whether scorched pillars and parts of the structure could be viewed in a special exhibition.

The museum in Burlington Street, Weston, already boasts a seaside holidays display, complete with a Punch and Judy stand, which was used at Buckingham Palace, a turnstile from Clevedon Pier, a donkey-pulled carriage from the 19th century and amusement machines from the Grand Pier itself.

Manager Nick Goff said: “We...

Couple visit Grand Pier every day for 10 years

A retired couple have been eating their meals on the Grand Pier for the past 10 years and only miss out when it’s time for the spring clean.

Bristolians Ermis and Androniki Nicholas, better known as Ian and Nicky to their friends, bus down to Weston every day to tuck into fish and chips, sausages, curry, ice-cream or hotdogs.

They only missed out on visiting the historic landmark during the three days it was closed, after fire totally destroyed the pavilion on July 28.

Despite their fast food diet, Ian thanks his walk down the beach and back for helping him to lose seven stones.