Crowd gathers as South Parade Pier opens

South Parade Pier as it reopens on April 14. Picture: Loughlan Campbell

South Parade Pier as it reopens on April 14. Picture: Loughlan Campbell

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A CROWD has gathered as South Parade Pier reopens to the public today.

The reopening of the Southsea landmark comes five years after the shutters were closed on the Grade II-listed structure due to safety fears.

Following the lifting of court restrictions on the 137-year-old building, people are allowed to walk up to just past the former Albert Tavern bar.

The News will be broadcasting live on Facebook during the reopening.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor David Fuller, will get the party started from 10am on Friday.

Music acts are set to perform across the weekend up until 10pm on a stage by the bar.

Drinks, refreshments and food will also be available for guests.

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