West Pier Trust to hold final sale of fragments

Posted On 02 Jun 2016 at 9:52 pm

The West Pier Trust is to hold a final sale of cast iron fragments from the derelict Victorian masterpiece early next month.

The trust said that the fragments – from the old tollbooths – were too unstable to be incorporated in the new building on the i360 site.

The West Pier pictured by Max White, 13, who was born on the day the pier was destroyed by fire

The West Pier pictured by Max White, 13, who was born on the day the pier was destroyed by fire

The trust said: “The original castings were used to make the beautiful exact replicas now nearing completion either side of the British Airways i360.

“They are pristine and stately. The western building will serve as a tollbooth, or ticket office, the eastern one will be the West Pier Tea Rooms.”

The sale is due to take place at Mackley’s yard, in Henfield Road, Small Dole, just outside Henfield, on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July from 10am to 4pm.

The fragments include brackets measuring approximately 1100mm x 900mm and columns approximately 3100mm long, the trust said.

It added: “Certificates of authenticity will be issued with each purchase.

“It is thanks to Mackley’s generosity that the trust is able to hold this sale from its site but please note all material must be removed from site on purchase.

“There can be no collections from the site after 4pm on Sunday 3 July.”

Purchases will have to be paid for with cash or cheques – not credit or debit cards.

Buyers are urged to bring a suitable vehicle with some help with lifting the fragments on offer but the trust added: “All the pieces are heavy and require at least two people to carry.

“All proceeds from the sale will go to the West Pier Trust’s designated Heritage and Education Fund.”

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