Saltburn Pier receives its Pier of the Year Award

Published: 9th Jun 2009

Please note this is an archived Press Release

National Piers Society presentation
The National Piers Society's President Gavin Henderson CBE presents the Friends of Saltburn Pier chairman Tony Lynn, with Tony's wife Cath, the membership secretary, with two framed certificates at the meeting in the Penarth Yacht Club, South Wales.
SALTBURN Pier will be officially hailed as the Pier of the Year 2009 at the annual meeting of the National Piers Society on Saturday, June 13.

The Society's President Gavin Henderson CBE will present the Friends of Saltburn Pier chairman Tony Lynn with two framed certificates at the meeting in the Penarth Yacht Club, South Wales.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism Councillor Sheelagh Clarke said: "We will be proudly displaying the certificates at the entrance to the Pier."

The Pier has regularly featured in the top four from votes cast by the Society's 600 members, but this year pipped Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and Bangor in North Wales to the title.

Mr Lynn, who will be travelling with his wife Cath, the Friends' membership secretary, said: "We feel very privileged to be able to go and to represent the public of the town. We're so proud for the Friends' members - we have them all over the country.

"It's just reward for all the people over many, many years who have fought to preserve the Pier. We go back a long way - and every time it's been in danger, the town has fought for it.

The founder member and chairman of the group, Norman Bainbridge, who died in December, 2005, worked with the Council to secure a grant of £995,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and succeeded in getting the Pier's status upgraded to a Grade II* listed building.

Councillor Clarke added: "It's a great accolade for Tony, for Norman's memory and to all the people who gave such wonderful support to acquire a massive grant which is ensuring we have this fabulous pier."

Norman and Tony were given the honour of switching on the lighting feature that illuminates the Pier, the Cliff Lift and the lower promenade.

Tony added: "The lighting feature is the icing on the cake - it's so well admired. And any day, any time, there's someone on the Pier."

*The national Sunday newspaper, The Observer, featured Saltburn in its series of Great British Escapes, in its weekend travel section.

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