I’ve always loved piers…
Most partly grown-up small boys do. It’s that sheer expanse of linear possibility…
Piers are usually associated with railway towns. In many ways the railway town was the forerunner of modern urban development. The ‘seaside’ was invented by railway companies who provided the means to get there – in three graduations of ‘wealth: third class; second class and first.
The scruffy small boys – all looking like they were from one of Richmal Crompton’s ‘Just William’ books – didn’t seem to mind being bottom of the heap. ‘Wakes Week’ had arrived and dad could come, too…
Seaside towns didn’t always have long piers, but it was a badge of honour if they did.
This one’s in Llandudno, North Wales. It’s privately owned. There are numerous small businesses along its impressive length and a rejuvenated cocktails and drinks bar at the end.
Pint of Guinness with the sunset, anyone?
©Stephen Tanham 2022
Stephen Tanham is a Director of the Silent Eye, a journey through the forest of personality to the dawn of Being.