Children scavenging as the 1917 Pier fire rages

After the Pier fire in 1917 juvenile beachcombers had a field day, collecting anything that had been thrown from the Pier.

No one was hurt in the fire on 15 July 1917, but it destroyed the ornate pavilion at the end of the Pier. The Canadian soldiers that were stationed in Hastings during WWI were enjoying a concert in the pavilion immediately before the fire, and it is thought that a discarded cigarette may have begun the blaze, which was watched by large crowds.

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  • I would probably have scavenged for anything valuable thrown from the pier. Shame the pier was burnt down.

    By Wesley Clarke (05/07/2016)

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