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Weston-Super-Mare pier burns down, gets rebuilt

Discussion in 'Bristol and South West' started by Geri, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke



    What, like a cigarette butt? :D
     
  2. spudulike

    spudulike regal slip

    Well, that's three out of four beach attractions gone.

    Knightstone Pier - derelict for years
    Tropicana - ditto
    Weston Pier - now burnt down

    So there's now just the Sea Life Centre which holds around 100 people at a time.
     
  3. Awesome Wells

    Awesome Wells leave my custom title alone

    I live 8 miles away; can't see anything.
     
  4. Kanda

    Kanda Nosh Wagon

    Try going outside and looking in the right direction? :D
     
  5. Awesome Wells

    Awesome Wells leave my custom title alone

    Not to be facetious, but i wouldn't swim in that muck regardless. That water is estuary mud and filth.
     
  6. Awesome Wells

    Awesome Wells leave my custom title alone

    Well I can see weston from my house, just no smoke. Perhaps they bought it under control.
     
  7. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke


    Yeah, pretty much like Southend's. After the fire in 1976 you couldn't swim in the sea for weeks after in case you got whacked by a floorboard from the Pier :D
     
  8. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke

    Latest pictures from BBC showed it pretty much burnt to a crisp and not much smoke
     
  9. claphamboy

    claphamboy The wheels on the bus go round and round....

    How sad, another pier gone. :(
     
  10. STFC

    STFC Well-Known Member

    It's always been dangerous to swim in the sea at Weston!
     
  11. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    threads merged

    really sad this. I had no idea the tropicana was closed too! I have fond memories of both :(
     
  12. claphamboy

    claphamboy The wheels on the bus go round and round....

    According to the radio report it basically disappeared in just an hour! :eek:
     
  13. Kanda

    Kanda Nosh Wagon

    That quick??!! Thanks fuck it wasn't open at the time!! :eek:
     
  14. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    Pretty much, I was watching more or less from start to finish.
     
  15. bluestreak

    bluestreak HomosexualityIsStalin’sAtomBombtoDestroyAmerica

    lols etc.

    Damn shame, I love a nice pier even more than I love a good fire.
     
  16. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke


    but if people had to jump, would they have just landed in mud?
     
  17. untethered

    untethered For industry & decency

    Something doesn't quite add up here in the official story.

    The nearest fire station is only 1.2 miles away, yet the fire engines took 45 minutes to arrive. This seems to contradict the chief fire officer's account that they were there within "two shakes" of the original 999 call.

    Even more mysterious is the fact that the police, fire brigade and coastguard were taking part in an emergency simulation exercise for just this kind of event when the tragedy occurred.

    Now it may be that the whole thing was an inside job, planned down to the last detail to look "authentic". More likely, perhaps, that the police uncovered the plot during the planning stages and stood back to let it happen.

    Either way, there's a lot more to this than meets the eye.

    We have a right to know the truth.
     
  18. _angel_

    _angel_ urban myth

    It hasn't been there for donkey's years. I took my son a few years ago, with the intention of going there, it had gone. :(

    Remember being laughed at by my posh classmates for raving about going to 'Weston Supermare' one summer.
     
  19. Awesome Wells

    Awesome Wells leave my custom title alone

    Who says it took 45 minutes to arrive? There's no way it would take that long.
     
  20. Awesome Wells

    Awesome Wells leave my custom title alone

    Not to be tactless but it is a shithole. I'm not happy about great big burning things (unless they contain Edward Woodward), but the Pier is a joke, though popular.
     
  21. doctor_strange

    doctor_strange Your New Master

    Quickest conspiracy theory ever?
     
  22. doctor_strange

    doctor_strange Your New Master

    Sign me up as a WSM Troofer!
     
  23. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    Pfft. As a child, I thought it was awesome, especially all the classic arcade machines for 10p.
     
  24. untethered

    untethered For industry & decency

    You'll be able to get them for 5p now.
     
  25. claphamboy

    claphamboy The wheels on the bus go round and round....

    They have just said on the radio that deep fat fryers were in the area where they think the fire started.
     
  26. Awesome Wells

    Awesome Wells leave my custom title alone

    Where in the pier doesn't have a deep fat fryer. That place has more grease and chip fat per square inch than the entirety of Glasgow.
     
  27. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke


    Are people eating fish and chips that early in the morning? :eek::D
     
  28. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    The tropicana has only been shut down for about 7-8 years. I was the first perosn in weston in there. Our primary school was practically opposite it and they let us in for asplash about pre-official opening. I was changed second then knocked over danny murphy just before he reachd the water. Victory was mine.
     
  29. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    butchers new tagline "first in the tropicana" - I'd be proud of such an honour myself.
     
  30. claphamboy

    claphamboy The wheels on the bus go round and round....

    Maybe one had been left on over night.
     

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