Exclusive: grant welcomed but full costs are daunting, with urgent repairs to North pier estimated at £12m

Blackpool’s three piers came safely through more than a century of storms, fires, ships crashing into them and war, but are now threatened by climate change and the violent storm surges of recent winters. Last year they made it on to a list of the world’s most endangered historic sites, but their continuing survival will be helped by a grant from the World Monuments Fund to be announced this week.

Though expensive to maintain, piers are still much loved by the public. A free family day on Saturday at Blackpool’s North pier attracted an estimated 6,000 people.

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