Birthday party on Britain's oldest pier

By Martin Neville

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

Birthday party on Britain's oldest pier

Enjoying the Party on the Pier are, from left, Jess MacBean, 17, Rebecca MacBean, ten, Michelle MacBean and Josephine Tuff, 17. Picture by LAURA HOLME

THE 200th birthday of Ryde Pier — Britain’s oldest — was celebrated in style with a free party hosted by Wightlink.

As well as providing a fun celebration of one of the Island’s best known landmarks, Sunday’s event raised cash for two Island charities — Ryde Inshore Rescue and Cassie’s Care 4 Pets charity, which helps older people pay the full costs of vets’ bills.

Many of the attractions were arranged to reflect the pier’s historic past, including a royal visit from Queen Victoria, performing magicians, costume workshops, stilt walking and a fire show.

There was also face-painting, Punch and Judy, fairground rides, a hall of mirrors and a pop-up Real Ale tavern,

The event — the fourth Party on the Pier organised by Wightlink — closed with a Last Night of the Proms extravaganza.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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