Crowds watching the 1917 Pier fire

When Hastings Pier first burned down in 1917 during WWI the Pier's resident concert party, the Aristocrats, lost all their props and music. The town later held a benefit to raise money for them.

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 began the blaze, which was watched by large crowds, including many of the soldiers.

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