This morning I got up at 4.30am to watch a man pressure wash a wall. Thankfully this was not any old wall, but one side of the extraordinary Hastings Pier pavilion building.
Hastings Pier burned down on 5 October 2010. A mammoth restoration effort by the Hastings community has brought it back to life, reopening in April 2016 and winning Pier of the Year Award 2017, and various RIBA and other architectural awards also, for it’s bold redesign and reimagination. It is a pier unlike any other.
The pavilion on Hastings Pier is bedecked in remnants of the old pier. There are five different kinds of hardwood, including Ekki, and the extraordinarily coloured Purple Heart (Peltogyne). Scorch marks from molten metal can clearly be seen in some pieces.
Each side takes approximately 6 hours of painstaking pressure washing. You can see the startling difference between the unwashed sections and the beautiful colours of the newly cleaned areas.
It is, perhaps tedious and painstaking work, but the results are stunning. I ask the engineers when the pavilion might have to be cleaned again. “Hopefully, never”, they reply.
MASSIVE storm tonight. There is something rare, called a Mesoscale Convective System heading across the English Channel. Most of the lightning is out at sea and the strikes are fairly obscured by light fog. Some break through. Apparently there are 160 strikes per minute going on. The sky is flickering and there is definitely a lot!
I think some struck near Hastings Castle. The crack and rumble going on for a very long time.
The funny thing is, last week there were contractors on the pier measuring voltage on the deck. I asked them what they were checking. They were checking the conductivity for lightning.
Hastings Pier beach huts. Newly painted from sombre black (which I liked, although I appear to be the only person to do so).
Angle of Entry is the name of a Mutton Birds album. I never looked up what they were referring too, but I’ve always assumed it was spaceships returning to Earth.
The Apollo 13 module had to have an angle of entry between 5.3 and 7.7 degrees. Any shallower and the spacecraft would bounce off the atmosphere like a skimming stone. Any more and they’d get crushed by the G Force. If they didn’t burn up first.
This is why I’m no good at the sports round in a pub quiz.
Fun times at the pier. The main gate pillars are covered in wool, as are many of the railings. The pier has been properly darned and yarn bombed and is looking really bright and cheerful, AND it just won Pier of the Year 2017! Happy Days.