3 Feb 2013

No buyer for 1873 pier

9:28 am on 3 February 2013

An English pleasure pier, which opened in 1873, has failed to sell at auction. The guide price was £400,000.

Swindells auctioneers said the Cleethorpes Pier in North East Lincolnshire, which was built at a cost of £8000, had twice been sold in the past for over £1 million.

"It's in the best state of repair it's been in for years," said spokesperson Tina Waterfall.

The BBC reports Cleethorpes Pier was mainly financed by a railway company in an attempt to attract Victorian tourists to the resort.

When it first opened, the walkway was 1200ft (365m) long, but a section of the pier was removed in World War II.

Afterwards, another part of the pier was demolished, reducing it to its present length of 335ft (100m).

In 2011 the pavilion underwent a £250,000 refurbishment.