Did You Know?
West Pier attractions
Among the first attractions of the West Pier was a minature cannon fired exactly at noon by the action of the sun’s rays, reflected by a burning glass. Other attractions were the skull of a whale washed ashored in January 1882 and in 1890 a performing flea circus, which was decribed as ‘highly amusing and instructive’.
Between the wars
Between the wars the West Pier was used by day trippers to and from France – and even had resident customs officials.
Location of a film
In 1968 the West Pier was used for filming in Richard Attenborough’s directing debut, ‘Oh! What A lovely War!’