Central Pier bounces back from fire to reopen with live music from The Coustics

Central Pier reopened to the public just a week after a major fire which threatened to burn the icon to the ground.

The 152-year-old attraction, which a fire chief said could easily have been destroyed last Friday, began welcoming guests back yesterday.

While the waltzers and Flying Bob ride, which were destroyed and damaged respectively, were still closed, "everything else is open and there is lots for the whole family to enjoy", a spokesman said.

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Local band The Coustics played at 1.30pm in the Terrace Bar, and the arcades, game stalls, bars, and food stalls were all open.

A fire broke out on Blackpool's Central Pier at 3.20am on Friday, July 17, 2020. The blaze, which threatened to engulf the 150-year-old attraction, started in a workshop before spreading to the waltzers and another nearby ride (Picture: South Shore Fire Station/Twitter/Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service)

Earlier this week Peter Sedgwick, whose family owns all three resort piers, said there was no damage to the structure of Central Pier and, following replacement of some of the decking, it would be safe for people to visit again.

But it has been a tumultuous couple of months for Mr Sedgwick and his family.