July 30 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Cromer Pier’s box office was left shattered by December’s tidal surge, forcing it to close while repairs were completed.
Ticket sellers set up shop in the bar’s ice cream box while repairs were carried out on the water-damaged pier.
But now a temporary box office has been opened, selling tickets until the original office is back up and running in time for the summer season.
Repair work on the pier has cost about £260,000, after this winter’s crashing waves pushed up floor boards and shattered windows.
Structural work has now been completed, with cosmetic repairs still remaining.
Jo Artherton, sales and marketing manager, said: “People weren’t sure if we were open or not but having this here will really send a message out that we are up and running.
“Now this is open we can concentrate on sales for the summer season.”
North Norfolk District Councillor Glyn Williams said he hoped the original box office would be open before schools break up for summer.
He said: “This will be a tight schedule but the team is confident that it can be delivered.”
The three-month agreement for the temporary office has been reached with the council’s planning and conservation teams.
And the new office, opening on Wednesday, was launched today with members of Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society who will be performing Oliver this year at the pier.
Society publicist Ruth Elliot said it was wonderful to have a box office back at the end of the pier.
She said: “We have had a very long and happy relationship with Pavilion Theatre and look forward to continuing that relationship long into the future.
“Our first show at the theatre was in 1952, we then missed two years because of the Great Storm of 1953 so this occasion in our 100th year of the Society makes this occasion rather special”
The temporary box office will be open daily from 10am to 6pm.