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Saltburn Pier is the last remaining North Sea pier in the UK. This Victorian structure has fallen victim to the weather, untamed shipping and was even partially demolished during the second world war in order to prevent a possible invasion. It is, as a result, now only half of it's original length. In the 1990's plans were first revealed to demolish this fine structure as the cost of repairing the years of neglect were too great for the local council to afford. Fortunately, local people protested these plans and a fund was established which enabled the pier to be saved and restored. This work has now been completed and the pier can again be enjoyed by fishermen, surfers and those who just enjoy the short walk along what was once a longer pier. This picture was taken at the end of what had been a miserable, wet, stormy June day. I hadn't gone out with photography in mind but was driving through Saltburn on my way to Redcar when the clouds broke to herald another wonderful sunset. It does pay to take your camera everywhere after all. Picture taken handheld on my Fuji, no PP apart from re-sizing for TE.

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