A shadow of its former self, 1975
The West Pier was closed to the public in 1975 for safety reasons. Photographer Bob Herrick took these photographs on one of the last walking tours. These tours were run as a fund-raising scheme in the early days of the restoration project. A four foot wide metal pathway (you can see it in a couple of the photos) was built the length of the pier going through the middle of the concert hall. Only a limited number of people could be taken, and a fee of £15 per person was charged which went to restoration funds.