Worthing Youth Council – Pier Discussion
Members of the Worthing Youth Council chat about Worthing Pier, their memories and their wishes for the future. Filmed on the 13th March 2015.
Do you have a memory of the Pier that you would like to share? If you do please contact:
Shirley Robinson Viney (Adur & Worthing Adult Youth Facilitator)
Julie was born in 1935 and has lived all her life in and around Worthing. She remembers during World War II part of the Pier being dismantled to prevent possible landings by German troops and entertaining Russian soldiers by singing and tap dancing in the Pavilion Theatre.
Click below to listen to Julie talking about her Pier memories
Michael our present Mayor was born in Canada but moved and settled in Worthing in 1976. He remembers visiting the Pier with his young family and his children enjoying the fun fair, arcade and amusements.
Click below to listen to Michael talking about his Pier memories
Sherry was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1999 but moved with his family to Worthing when he was a young child. His earliest memories were of eating fishing chips on the Pier with his parents and younger sister and walking to the end of the Pier to view the ships and tankers in the English Channel.
Click below to listen to Sherry talking about his Pier memories
Shirley our Youth Council Adult Facilitator was born in South Yorkshire but has lived in Worthing since 1980. She remembers on her first visit to the Pier seeing a poster advertising the local Gang Show an event she has attended every year. More recently Sirley remembers organising a boat trip for the Youth Council on the Paddle Steamer Waverley leaving from the Pier Head. However, on the day of the trip it was very windy and the steamer hit and dislodged part of the Pier head. Afraid that attempting to moor the steamer a second time might result in more damage the ship’s captain chose to abort the mooring and to this day Shirley is still to step foot on the paddle steamer!
Click below to listen to Shirley talking about her Pier memories
Phil is part of the South East Education Group who have been helping the Worthing Youth Council manage the Worthing Pier Past, Present & Future project. He remembers clearly the recent July 2015 Arts Celebration hosted by the Youth Council in the South Pavilion which was attended by the Mayor, Councillors and over 400 people of all ages.
Click below to listen to Phil talking about his Pier memories
Caitlin is a student presently studying for her A Levels. She has lived in Worthing all her life and is a member of the Worthing Youth Council. She remembers as a young child visiting the arcades on the Pier with her parents and her older brother talking his visits to the Southern Pavilion nightclub.
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Marium is fifteen years old and is a member of the Worthing Youth Council. She was born and has lived all her life in the town. She remembers her parents and brothers taking her on the Pier when she was younger to eat icecream. Today Marium visits the Pier with her friends to watch special events like Bird Man International.
Click below to listen to Marium talking about her Pier memories.
Grace is fifteen year old and lives in Worthing. She remembers as a young child visiting the Pier with her mum, brothers and sisters and playing in the arcade. Grace believes the Pier is a meeting places for people of all ages and a relaxing place to chill out. Grace’s family frequently meet on the Pier to watch the Bird Man International competition.
Click below to listen to Grace talking about her Pier memories.
Colin and his family moved to Worthing in 2005. He remembers shortly after moving taking his son to the Pier to play on the amusements and to buy hot dogs. Colin strongly believes the Pier should be preserved for future generations to enjoy as it is a relaxing place to visit and unlike Brighton has not been spoilt by tourism.
Click below to listen to Colin talking about his Pier memories.
Last updated February 2016