Title ID 7227Collection ID876
Title[Brighton: West Pier]
DateJuly 1994
CollectionB. C. Suter
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeSeaside Transport Leisure
KeywordsPiers [Palace Pier, Brighton] Piers [West Pier, Brighton] Piers Beaches Bicycles Children Fairgrounds Railways Seaside Resorts Swimming
RegionalBrighton & Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
FormatColour Silent
Duration3 min. 51 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Various shots showing Brighton Seafront, taken by B. C. Suter in July 1994 that includes the West Pier, Palace Pier, paddling pool, cycle path and Volk's Electric Railway.


The film opens with shots of children playing in the basin of an empty paddling pool and a group of people sitting on a bench in a flower garden, by the West Pier on Brighton seafront. A series of panoramic views of West Pier follows, showing the pier in need of restoration. A sign explains its neglect with a brief history of the pier, having originally opened in 1866 and was damaged during the Second World War, before falling into decline.

A montage of shots include a group of cyclists passing along a newly built cycle path, running the length of the promenade; a group of children play in the water of a paddling pool; a sign for 'Grand Beach'; and several families at leisure on the shingle beach seen from the Palace Pier.

At Palace Pier, several children ride the 'Ghost Ride', a street performer entertains passing members of the public through robotic movements at the entrance of the pier; mixed views show Palace Pier from the beach, and a Volk's Railway carriage leaves the station, once a line of passengers have boarded.

The film closes with views of the Old Steine Restaurant on Brighton seafront and a sign on Palace Pier, advertising free admission.