Save Me!

Old Pier at Weston-super-Mare. © Wikipedia
Old Pier at Weston-super-Mare. © Wikipedia

A lot of people in my old home town of Weston-super-Mare are doing their bit to highlight the plight of the resort’s magnificent ‘Old Pier” at Birnbeck Island.

This grade 2 structure – the only pier in the country which links the mainland to an island – was opened in 1867.

I well remember many a rush down its planks to board one of the Campbell steamers that took us kids down to Ilfracombe for a Knickerbocker Glory on that exotic Devon resort’s sea front.

The pier has been closed to the public since 1994 and is now on the Buildings at Risk Register. A seemingly ‘poison-chalice’ that no one wants to dig deep enough into their pockets to save.

Barry Walsh.
Barry Walsh.

I have had a note from musician/singer/composer Barry Walsh to tell me he’s written a song about this much-neglected ‘pier of our realm’ and l am delighted to give you the link to it on YouTube.

Barry performed as a solo singer in Bristol before embarking on  songwriting. He formed the Barry Walsh Band in 2010 and continues to be a prolific writer of catchy country songs and songs about the Bristol area.

Here’s the link to ‘Save Me’. 

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