South Parade Pier: The 1908 reopening

South Parade Pier shortly before reopening after the 1904 fire

South Parade Pier shortly before reopening after the 1904 fire

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This picture was taken shortly after the pier reopened on August 12, 1908, four years after it was destroyed by the first fire in its history.

The pavilion housed a 1,200-seat theatre and a restaurant, and military bands performed in the bandstand at the end of the pier.

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