PHOTO GALLERY UPDATE: Look at the gaping holes in Cromer pier theatre bar and decking. Festive show in doubt.

Cromer pier bar floor damage Cromer pier bar floor damage

Friday, December 6, 2013
4:39 PM

Gaping holes in Cromer Pier’s decking and theatre floors, along with major damage to the box office, are putting the venue’s Christmas show in jeopardy.

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Cromer prom and pier box office damage. Picture: RICHARD BATSONCromer prom and pier box office damage. Picture: RICHARD BATSON

Show bosses were this morning upbeat that the festive show must do on.

But by lunchtime they were conceding the likelihood of getting the show back on soon was looking “iffy.”

Pounding waves have put a gaping 5ft hole in the bar floor near the Christmas tree, which now peers down to the raging waves below.

A “bus stop” bench on the side of the theatre has also been ripped up leaving another 12ft in the floor.

Cromer pier box office damage. Picture: RICHARD BATSONCromer pier box office damage. Picture: RICHARD BATSON

And the booking nerve centre in the box office at the landward end is totally devastated. The counter area is flooded, but the back office containing the computer booking systems is smashed, along with the souvenir shop next door.

There are also areas of pier decking which are missing or lifted making public access too dangerous.

Bruce Stratton, spokesman for pier operators Openwide, said the ability to get the theatre back open was down to North Norfolk District Council’s ability to repair it quickly.

They could get the show running again if the flooring and box office could be repaired, but it was “a bigger ‘if’ now,” he conceded.

Floods. Cromer pier's forecourt overnight damage.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYFloods. Cromer pier's forecourt overnight damage. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The pier is closed, and people being urged to stay away from the promenade where a major clear up operation will be needed.

Headliner Olly Day said the damage to the pier was sad, but “it is not as if we have lost our house and no one is hurt”.

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2 comments

  • Shame the Town Hall and Olympia aren't still with us.

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    Muggas Budal

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • It`ll take them weeks before the public is allowed on the pier . The Merry Month of May would be my guess .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, December 6, 2013

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