Research Document - A History of Family Entertainments on the Pier

The Pierrots were regular entertainers on the Pier in the early years of the 20th century. Their comedy was simple and family-orientated with no smut or innuendo and the music was accessible, fun, and often encouraged the audience to join in.

Hastings Pier has a rich history of performance, starting in the Victorian era with classical concerts, pantomimes, and steamship tours. In the Edwardian period, more buildings were added to house exciting entertainment opportunities, such as the Joywheel, a bowling alley and rifle range.  Later in the Pier’s history a theatre was added, with daily performances from the Harry Hanson Court players. In the 1960s and 1970s the Pier evolved again into an important venue, where discos and pop concerts were hugely popular.

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