An iconic visitor attraction in Lincolnshire has been put up for sale.
Specialist leisure property advise, Christie & Co has been instructed to sell Skegness Pier.
Last acquired by Robin Mitchell, entrepreneur of a multi-national kiddie-ride manufacturing business established in the early 1960s, the pier has been in the same family ownership since 1976 and is being offered for sale due to retirement.
The pier was officially opened on 4 June 1881, by the then Duke of Edinburgh, following a nationwide design competition.
Typical of designs for the era, it was extended to 1,817 ft long with a deck width of 25ft.
Skegness Pier today comprises a three-deck structure situated on the mainland, together with an external pier deck running out over the beach.
Carolyn Wilkinson, daughter of the late Robin Mitchell, said: “Since my father passed away in 2006 we have continued as custodians of this immense structure.
“Whilst the business is effectively operated under management for the family and we have consistently invested in improving the facilities and customer experience, we are at that time in our lives where it makes sense to pass the reigns to new owners.
“I’ve been contacted many times over the years asking if we would sell and so this incredible opportunity now becomes a reality.”
Jon Patrick, head of leisure and development at Christie & Co who is overseeing the sale process, added: “Skegness Pier is a fundamental part of the town’s appeal, situated between the resort’s Clock Tower and a Premier Inn opened in 2019 and flanked by the Pleasure Beach fairground.” …
Main image: Skegness Pier. Photo: Wikimedia Commons