Hastings Pier Bandstand

In 1914 Hastings Council bought the pier apron from the Hastings Pier Company, and in 1916 the new bandstand opened. The two shelters, one of which still survives, were built afterwards and opened a few months later. 
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In the 1930s the pier reached the height of its popularity, with dancing every night, daytime concerts, speedboat trips and mass swimming events, particularly bathing at night. Bands were hired for the season and gave twice-daily concerts and dances in the evening. Each band member added their own flourish to the performance, whether virtuosity with a variety of instruments, a comic turn, or singing songs. 


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