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Britannia Pier (Great Yarmouth)

Britannia Pier is one of a dwindling number of English seaside piers, a fascinating and much loved institution.

It is situated at the popular Norfolk resort of Great Yarmouth, pointing out into the North Sea.

Britannia Pier is one of two piers in the town, the other being Wellington Pier.

The original pier, with a length of 700 feet, was built in 1857, but it was twice sliced in two by ships, and demolished in 1900.

A new pier, 810 feet long, was opened in 1902, with a 2000 seat pavilion, which was burnt down in 1909. A replacement pavilion was also burnt down in 1914, possibly by suffragettes. This was replaced by the floral ballroom in 1927, but this too was destroyed by fire in 1932.

It was closed and breached during the Second World War, and reopened in 1947, but the ballroom and pavilion were again wrecked by fire in 1954.

Today, the Britannia Pier continues to be a popular attraction, and is one of the few piers with a working theatre.

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