The Friends of Bangor Garth Pier, a new initiative to ensure a sustainable and successful future for pier, received the key to a newly refurbished kiosk on the pier today, 8 April.

Chair of the group Avril Wayte was delighted to receive the key from the Deputy Mayor of Bangor Cllr Owen Hurcum and City Director for Bangor Iwan Williams. Avril Wayte said: “The Friends of Bangor Garth Pier is a charitable organisation set up last year in order to support the City Council to protect the pier for the future. “The Council have very kindly allowed the Friends to have a kiosk on the pier to run a shop from which we will sell arts and crafts, including art work, pottery, jewellery, glassware, all made locally to raise money to support the restoration fund for the pier in the future. “We are really delighted to be working with Iwan and Bangor City Council to support the pier.”

Cllr Owen Hurcum said: “I was delighted to hand over the keys to a kiosk on our fantastic pier to the Friends of Bangor Pier, a group that the City Council looks forward to working with to best celebrate and promote this fantastic destination.”

Iwan Williams added: “We are very proud of the pier here in Bangor, it is a City Council asset and it is a pier that means a lot to people who live in Bangor now and worldwide. In recent years the City Council has spent £1.8 million restoring the pier to make it structurally sound. There is a great deal of backing locally to support the pier going forward.

This year on 14 May we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the pier and its rich history. Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic we will not be able to have any large-scale event this year.However, we are planning a twelve month programme of celebrations including online talks, discussions and interviews and we hope by the second part of the year we will be able to have some small scale events on the pier culminating in May 2022.
There are lots of exciting plans on the way and discussions taking place.”

Avril added: “It has been an exciting few months for The Friends of Bangor Garth Pier, which is going from strength to strength. We now have over 90 members and we are in the process of recruiting volunteers to help to run the shop from the kiosk on the pier which we intend to open in May.”

If anyone is interested in helping with the shop and joining the group, please visit the website for more information: https://www.bangorpier.org

Photo: (L-R) Iwan Williams, Owen J Hurcum and Avril Wayte

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