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Brighton’s derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms – in photos

I’ve been drawn to Brighton’s West Pier ever since I saw it featured in the photo story that  accompanied the vinyl release of The Who’s Quadrophenia and it’s been heartbreaking seeing its now-unstoppable demise.

A particularly low tide over this week let me get much closer to the structure than before –  which was quite handy seeing as I only had a camera with a fixed wide angle lens!

I’ve written loads about the pier before (see links at the bottom of the page), so I’ll just post up this selection of views, taken on a sunny Wednesday  and a stormy Thursday morning.

Starlings gather over the old pier at dusk. There was a bigger, more breathtaking, display taking place over the Palace Pier but my 28mm lens was never going to capture that from quarter a mile away!

The next morning was cold and stormy.

More about the pier: 
Brighton’s West Pier in 2014 – Victorian elegance rusts into the sea
Remembering the Brighton West Pier in photos, part one
Remembering the Brighton West Pier in photos, part two
The Brighton i360 tower: ‘successor’ to the West Pier
The tragedy of West Pier, Brighton beach, Brighton [2011]
The Brighton Wheel, a Steve Coogan-powered, third-hand alternative to the West Pier [2013]