Group has raised majority of £500,000 target to keep pier in community ownership

A seaside pier that has been wrecked twice by fire, served as a landing site for second world war refugees and played host to the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Tom Jones is on the verge of being sold to a businessman six years after it was saved with a £12m lottery grant.

The proposed sale of Hastings pier prompted a protest this week by local campaigners who have been raising money to try to buy it themselves. They complain that they have not been consulted on the sale and fear for the future of what they call the “people’s pier”.

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