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Ray of Hope...Hastings Pier

I was born in Hastings and since the age of three most of my years I have lived only a few miles from Hastings. As a child my Mum and I spent many a weekend in Hastings staying with my Grandmother. We would visit the pier and either play on the penny slot machines, watch the fishermen or have a go on the speedboat, or just enjoy the atmosphere the pier provided. Even as a teenager I would still go to the pier to the dances where I see such groups as The Hollies and The Animals. I also won a dance competition on the pier one year. When I heard on Southern News that the pier was on fire suspected arson I was very upset and wanted to visit the pier the next day. Not sure why, maybe disbelief or maybe to see the extent of the damage. When we arrived the fireman were still dousing the flames and smoke was bellowing into the air. I was very saddened by what I saw. We stayed there all day and as the evening approached there were clouds sitting above the pier like clouds of doubt, doom and gloom. What would happen to the pier would it be pulled down or just reclaimed by the sea and then just like a miracle the sun dropped down behind the clouds and shafts of light burst through shining down onto the pier like rays of hope. Maybe it would be restored back to its like former glory one day. I went home that day feeling somewhat better than I did when I arrived.

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leroyjenks20216-Sep-2015 15:59
This is such an awesome shot. Did the sun really look like that? There's nothing quite like the beauty of the setting sun behind a pier on the beach. Thanks for sharing.
Bea.16-Sep-2013 03:14
You now have your picture and your memories.
Ed Duverger15-Sep-2013 15:56
Super shot and sunset.
Sandy 15-Sep-2013 15:35
Lovely photo and amazing story. Thank you for your memories Ann.
Laura Milholland15-Sep-2013 15:03
Awe-inspiring image, Ann. And I love that you told the story to go with it. Wonderful memories and rays of hope for the future - couldn't be better than that! V
rousselziak15-Sep-2013 08:05
Superb ! -V-
Harold 15-Sep-2013 04:44
Fantastic image Ann
parrothouse14-Sep-2013 22:47
Beautiful scene, nicely edited.
momad3004414-Sep-2013 21:55
A truly beautiful photo. My goodness! The lights and the clouds and your story...just perfect. V (tried to vote a bunch of times, but couldn't.)
momad3004414-Sep-2013 21:55
A truly beautiful photo. My goodness! The lights and the clouds and your story...just perfect. V (tried to vote a bunch of times, but couldn't.)
Ruth Voorhis14-Sep-2013 21:33
So beautiful, Ann, both this image and your sad but hopeful story. The light here is absolutely gorgeous. V
Guest 14-Sep-2013 21:13
Beautiful image and great stories
firstbrook14-Sep-2013 20:48
great image....
Walt 14-Sep-2013 20:09
What a wonderful story to go along with another exceptional image.
graham 14-Sep-2013 19:05
Very nice Pano Ann
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)14-Sep-2013 18:11
Lovely! V
Ken Chambers ARPS14-Sep-2013 17:27
A Sad yet Beautiful story Ann, so well illustrated by your picture.
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