Penarth Pier Picks Up Award


Published 29 September 2014


The National Piers Society this week presented Penarth Pier with the Pier of the Year Award 2014.


Penarth’s much-loved pier was voted Pier of the Year 2014 in April, and received more than twice the number of votes of its nearest rival, Cromer.


Penarth wins Pier of the YearProfessor Tony Hazell, Chairman of Penarth Arts and Craft (PACL) representing the Pier Pavilion, and Tim Phillips Vice-Chairman of the Piers Society attended the presentation, along with Cllr Lis Burnett, who accepted the award on behalf of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.


Cllr Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “I was honoured to receive the award on behalf of The Vale of Glamorgan Council. It has been a very special year for the Pier, not only winning this fantastic award from the National Pier Society, but also being voted Wales’s favourite special place in August 2014.”


Professor Tony Hazell, Chairman of PACL said: “We were delighted to join with colleagues from the Vale of Glamorgan Council to receive the prestigious award of ‘Pier of the Year 2014’ awarded by the National Piers Society. We believe that the Pier, with its iconic restored Pavilion, has rapidly become a ‘must visit’ venue for the people of South Wales and beyond.”


After Tim Phillips, Vice-Chairman of the National Piers Society, presented the award the ceremony was rounded off with a stroll along the famous pier, and a tour of the pavilion, followed by teas and coffees in the pavilion café.


The recent four million pound regeneration of the Pier Pavilion by Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council restored the art deco building to its former glory in December 2013, and it has been a firm favourite with tourists ever since.


The restoration involved a complete regeneration of the pavilion, with facilities such as a cinema, exhibition spaces, and a restaurant looking out to the Severn Estuary being added.