It’s been almost 20 years in the making and a whole generation of the towns Children have grown up without ever knowing what their town looks like from the end of its best pier, the locals pier.

The wait for the replacement bridge has been so long that my original claim that I would show my bare arse in woolies window if the bridge was ever replaced in my lifetime, is now void as Woolworths ceased trading over a decade ago.

Whitby East Pier Bridge Waiting To Be Put In Situ. Twenty Years In The Making

Whitby East Pier Bridge Waiting To Be Put In Situ. Twenty Years In The Making

The need to remove the original bridge has always been debatable and many of the townsfolk have believed for a long time that Scarborough Borough Council held an agenda in keeping one of the towns most beautiful assets closed to the public, but at last its here, a new bridge.

Despite many believing it may take another twenty years to fit, and local rumours of the bridge being made too short, a spokesperson on The East Pier suggested over the weekend that the bridge could well be in situ within a couple of days.

To celebrate the arrival of the new bridge for the east pier I have taken a set of photographs of the bridge and ongoing works.

It’s great news that the bridge has now arrived and will soon be in situ. I’m now really looking forward to getting out on the pier itself in the coming year and have a couple of shots in mind I would like to take. An added bonus is the bridge is the first of its type, A Single Span Carbon Neutral, Gender Fluid Bridge Made Entirely Of Plant Based Materials.

Rebecca M, Crane, Barge, Boat Thingy.

Rebecca M, Crane, Barge, Boat Thingy. In Whitby Harbour After Lifting The East Pier Bridge Onto The Pier.

 

Whitby East Pier Bridge - Almost There !!

Whitby East Pier Bridge – Almost There !!

Survey Of The Outer Extensions At Whitby.

No doubt the piers outer extensions are in a hell of a state after 20 years of neglect. Its clear to see that all the lower deck handrails have corroded away.

With the upper deck seeing no maintenance at all for well over twenty years now it surely must be the case that all the timbers and handrails will need replacing. Hopefully going forward the council will stick to an annual maintenance plane which will mean this ridiculous situation is never allowed to occur again.

The following images were taken off the east pier. I was approached by a member of staff working on the piers and asked to leave the area as I shouldn’t have been on there. I left quickly after a polite discussion with the staff.

The staff seemed quite amazed that I hadn’t passed any signs saying the pier was closed to the public. I assume the closure signs they mentioned to me must have been up on The Haggerlythe. The staff seemed totally lost for words when I told them there was another 3 ways onto the pier (Two From Tate Hill beach and one from Whitby Scars), I guess they just don’t have the local knowledge.

Whitby East Pier Bridge

Whitby East Pier Bridge

Whitby East Pier Bridge

Whitby East Pier Bridge

Whitby East Pier Bridge

Whitby East Pier Bridge

Whitby East Pier Bridge - Access To The Piers Open To The Public. No Warning Signs In Situ.

Whitby East Pier Bridge – Access To The Piers Open To The Public. No Warning Signs In Situ.

Whitby East Pier Bridge - Access To The Piers Open To The Public. No Warning Signs In Situ.

Whitby East Pier Bridge – Access To The Piers Open To The Public. No Warning Signs In Situ.

 

Whitby East Pier Bridge - Access To The Piers Open To The Public. No Warning Signs In Situ.

Whitby East Pier Bridge – Access To The Piers Open To The Public. No Warning Signs In Situ.

 

Whitby East Pier Bridge - Access To The Piers Open To The Public. No Warning Signs In Situ.

Whitby East Pier Bridge – Access To The Piers Open To The Public. No Warning Signs In Situ.

Thankyou for looking. Please don’t forget, all these images are available as Prints and Canvases. A selection will also be available as Coasters and some may feature in The 2021 Calendars. Watch this space 🙂