The west pier closed in 1975 as it was no longer financially viable. It was the structurally damaged in the great storm of 1987, and subject of two arson attacks in 2003.
The remaining iron skeleton is now a local Landmark. English Heritage and the West Pier Trust have both declared it essentially irreparable.
I like it. It is often dramatically silhouetted by the sunsets, and it is still possible to see impressive murmurations of starlings here (though they tend to actually roost under the Palace Pier or at the Marina now - much more sheltered!)
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