Bognor Regis Pier, West Sussex
|Design:||Joseph William Wilson, Sir Charles Fox|
|Construction:||Cast iron trestles under a wooden deck|
|Storm damage:||1964, 1965|
Unlike the majority of piers of the time, Bognor Pier was a private undertaking built by the Bognor Promenade Company using local labour. In World War I, 200 men were billeted here and in World War II the pier was used by the Royal Navy as an observation station and renamed HMS Patricia. In 1964 and 1965 severe storms caused the seaward end structure to collapse, causing the total loss of its pavilion. For several years the pier has hosted the annual Birdman Rally, which involves human ‘birdmen’ attempting to fly off the end of the pier into the sea.