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HOLD THE PRESSES!
Update III - the producer has sent us an email apologising for the piece not being aired, also informing us that it will be rescheduled to be shown at a later date once this has been internally agreed upon. We will keep you posted.
Update II - many apologies to all concerned - we were told as of 5pm tonight it was still on the schedule to be aired. We are awaiting a reply from the show to see when it has been rescheduled to be shown.
Update I - it appears that previously notified content of tonight's One Show has been adjusted, now omitting the piece about Birnbeck.
The Trust has great pleasure in announcing the BBC’s One Show is due to run a short film about the history of Birnbeck Pier during their Monday evening (11 February 2019) broadcast at 7pm on BBC1. The Trust and its volunteers were involved in supporting the filming over a period of a week in 2018.
This is an opportunity to highlight our pier’s plight to the nation and something the Trust has been working toward for the past few years.
We would like to thank Sabet Choudhury of the BBC for working with the Trust to produce and promote the film. It's clearly a very challenging task to save a site like Birnbeck, especially with the added ownership complexities. We are continuing to work with the relevant bodies and are very optimistic about the future of the Birnbeck site. History and heritage have always been at the heart of the UK, especially where our engineering excellence has stood the test of time. Birnbeck was designed by the man known as 'King Pier' - Britain's most prolific pier designer, Eugenius Birch.
Birnbeck Pier is one of a kind. Unique in the world in fact, as it is the only pier that connects the mainland to an island, and has done so for over 150 years.
We at the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust would be delighted to hear from people who would be willing to share their stories and photos of Birnbeck to add to our archive. These we use in the education and history recording elements of our work. We cannot do this on our own and welcome assistance from others who would like to offer support to the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust; perhaps with publicity, financial advice, technical assistance or volunteering at our 'Pier View' information centre next to the pier. Birnbeck does have a future - but only if others want to help save it. Be a part of the project in order to protect the pier’s future for the generations that follow. We thank you for your time and concern for Birnbeck; please follow this link to make contact:
Birnbeck Pier, known locally as the Old Pier, stands on the North Somerset coastline at Weston-super-Mare. Built between 1864 and 1867, it is a unique structure, being the only British seaside pier that links the mainland to an island. Over its lifetime it has enjoyed mixed fortunes. In its heyday, it was the Victorian and then Edwardian equivalent of a modern theme-park, with tourist attractions such as a water slide and fairground rides. It was a major transportation link, with scheduled steam ship services arriving from and departing to destinations including Cardiff, Minehead, Ilfracombe and Lundy Island.
The last of these sailings, by the MV Balmoral, took place in 1979. Since then, the pier has suffered a slow and steady decline in both popular attraction as well as in its general condition. Its ownership has changed a number of times, with various multi-million pound development plans being proposed on each occasion. None of these large-scale and perhaps overambitious modernisation schemes have ever come to fruition. The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust seeks a regenerated and expandable island complex, with a mix of old and new - aimed at giving the island a commercially viable future.
The Trust has long campaigned for a revival of the entire Birnbeck area. Since 2004, it has actively worked towards achieving its stated aim of:
Preserving for the benefit of the people of Weston-super-Mare, and the Nation, the natural, historical, architectural and constructional heritage of Birnbeck Pier and Island, together with associated buildings and structures, and the land and buildings adjacent and above the shoreline.
As of early-2019, the Trust is still working hard to bring key stakeholders together to form a new partnership aimed specifically at bringing the urgently necessary conservation-based restoration and regeneration of Birnbeck Pier and its island to a long-overdue and successful conclusion.