Gifford Boyd Photograph of the Lower Parade and Pier, c.1947

At the end of the Second World War, families flocked to the re-opened Pier and the beaches, which had been off-limits to civilians.

During WWII Hastings seafront became a military zone. Both Hastings and St Leonards Piers were requisitioned for training purposes, and in 1943 their middle sections were removed as a defence measure. The two sections of Hastings Pier were re-joined after the war and it reopened in 1947.

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