The West Pier has a beautiful, poetic sadness about it. Since the arson attacks in 2003, it has become an iconic representation of Brighton. The image of the burning pier is a favourite among local photographers who, seven years on, are still selling their awe-inspiring photographs in local galleries.
The sight of the sun setting behind the burnt-out remains is the most romantic scene in the city and I desperately hope that those who want it demolished don’t get their way. It will be a very sad day indeed when the remains finally collapse and sink into the water.
Head down to the seafront with your camera or sketchbook while you still have the chance to enjoy this inspiring, haunting structure.