String Driven Thing on Hastings Pier, September 1974

String Driven Thing, a Scottish folk rock band, backstage on the Pier.
Pauline Adams of String Driven Thing backstage on the Pier.

In the 1970s the Pier remained an important and profitable venue for rock concerts. It also still offered a theatre, concert hall, bingo, amusement arcades, angling facilities, bars, a speedboat, steamer trips, kiosks, refreshment rooms and even a zoo. This closed in late 1974, and a charity bought some of the animals, including ten hens and 20 rats. In 1976 the Department of the Environment listed the Pier as a Grade II building of special historic and architectural interest.

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