Clevedon Pier wins big at Historic England ceremony in London
PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 November 2016
Clevedon Pier’s £2.25million visitor centre project has won an award at a star-studded London ceremony.
The Historic England Angel Awards were hosted by Andrew Lloyd Webber at the capital’s Palace Theatre, where members of the pier and heritage trust were given the People’s Favourite prize by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes.
The pier beat competition from 20 restoration projects across the country in the public vote category after also impressing with its community share scheme which saw 1,100 shareholders raise £250,000.
Simon Talbot-Ponsonby, chairman of the trust, said: “We’re so lucky in Clevedon with all the support of the community that saved the pier from demolition.
“We built a beautiful modern structure at this Grade I-listed pier which will make it sustainable for the future.
“I want it to be seen as a tribute to Clevedon.”
Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s chief executive, added: “The show was all about recognising the volunteers and groups who do so much to help rescue our heritage for future generations.
“We are surrounded by historic buildings and places that help tell the story of who we are, but many depend on local volunteers for their very survival.
“These awards celebrate the vital work of those heritage heroes.”
The award caps a successful six months for the pier since the opening of its new visitor centre in May, after also winning a prize at the Bristol, Bath and North Somerset Tourism Awards last month.
However the trust missed out on the Best Community Action prize with the award going to Operation Nightingale which helps former armed services recover using archaeology.
Other famous faces to make an appearance at Monday’s ceremony included news presenter Fiona Bruce and art historian Philip Mould.