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[Verse 1: Emma Bale]
Run to the water and see
No one knows, except for me
And I know time has come
So run to the water, baby, run

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Take my hand, I'll give you strength
Guide you home through forgotten lands
See the world that's at your feet
If you close your eyes, you'll never see the deep

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Run to the water, baby
Run to the water
Run to the water, baby

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Run to the water, baby
Run to the water
Run to the water, baby

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Teho - Behind Me [Original Mix]

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Monrroe - The Inevitable

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Hastings pier opened on 5th August 1872 by the then Lord Warden of the Cinque, Earl of Granville. It was designed by Eugenius Birch, who also designed the West Pier, Brighton and Eastbourne Pier, both west of Hastings, and it is often seen as an innovative design considering the technical constraints of the late Victorian period. The pier was "constructed by a local company", while the contractors were the firm R Laidlaw & Son, Glasgow. 600 guests sat down to lunch on the pier immediately following the opening ceremony, and included the local member of parliament Thomas Brassey and Egyptian Princes. The original 2,000 seater pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1917. This was eventually replaced in 1922 and played host in the 1960s and the 1970s to notable artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Tom Jones, Ten Years After, and Pink Floyd, Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett played his last ever show here with the band here on 20th January 1968. During the 1930s, the pavilion extension buildings received an art deco facelift and a theatre rebuild. This was to be its prime era. More renovation followed its temporary closure during WWII and in 1966 it housed the Hastings Embroidery during the 900th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Hastings.


Image Above - 1990's Storm Rave Allnighters Flyer- Elements of the pier became listed in 1976 and subsequently changed hands on a regular basis with erratic structural renovation input from its subsequent owners. In 1990 it suffered considerable storm damage, requiring a £1 million refurbishment. In 1996 it was put up for sale, but the future of the pier was put in grave doubt as interested buyers were reluctant to invest due to the serious amount of capital needed to improve the unstable structural supports. Financial losses led to the appointment of liquidators Leonard Curtis who closed the pier in 1999. The pier was eventually sold in 2000 and reopened under new ownership in 2002. It was passed to Ravenclaw, an offshore enterprise in 2004. In July 2006, Hastings Borough Council, upon discovering that part of the pier's structure was unsafe, promptly closed the pier to the general public. Protracted legal wranglings between the pier's owners, Ravenclaw Investments, and Hastings Borough Council followed. Finally, Stylus Sports, a pier tenant who operated the gaming attractions, in conjunction with Hastings Borough Council, funded much of the needed £300,000 of repairs, which enabled the court order closing the pier to be lifted. This financial infusion enabled the majority of the pier to reopen on 4 July 2007.


LIDO is a sculpture that can be found in Margate, Kent. However, on 12 March 2008 the local newspaper Hastings Observer reported to concerned readers how storm damage had caused considerable damage and that two support columns were in imminent danger of collapse. To prevent public access and any resulting injuries, stronger barriers restricting public access to the damaged areas were put in place and repairs to the bracing fixtures prevented any disaster from occurring. Nevertheless, when the remaining major tenant closed for business, access to the pier was restricted. The failure of the owners to respond to appeals from the Council to repair the areas and the continual deterioration of the structure led to its long-term future becoming uncertain. The Hastings Pier & White Rock Trust was established to raise funds through various means to renovate the pier, ranging from community fund raising (cup collecting, raffles and quiz nights etc.) to larger scale grant applications. Their long-term goal is to acquire the pier and form a not-for-profit company to renovate, reopen and revitalize the pier as a community owned asset. The Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) strongly oppose to any decision to demolish and clear the site of the structure, which would cost an estimated £4 million of local money. A protest march was held on 17 October 2009 as part of a campaign to save the pier.


Richard Raindance: Raindance started in September 1989 at the Norwegian Sailors sports ground, Jenkins Lane Barking, Essex. Paul Nelson (DJ Slipmatt’s brother), Lou Lewis (the caretaker at Jenkins Lane) and Ray Spence (a Rare Groove music promoter), were the three people who had an idea to put on a rave. This they did. The name came about from a brainstorming session but some say it was because of the 'rain' dripping in the tents - the condensation.

From there, Raindance went on to stage the first legal rave, and legendary events like Raindance - Egg (8000+ people) and Big Bad Head. Raindance provided the platform that launched the careers of the likes of The Prodigy, Carl Cox, LTJ Bukem, Mr C, Rap, John Digweed, Kevin Saunderson, Slipmatt, Fabio and Grooverider. No-one knows how to party like the English, and Acid House never took off elsewhere to the extent of the UK. Every weekend we would have thousands of people converging at ‘meet-up points’ and then driving in convoys around the M25 looking for parties – it led to the Government changing the law and led to a complete change in the way British people acted to one another – before Acid House, the idea of a ‘bloke’ hugging his mate was unheard of. Acid House parties are still the most fun and friendly parties you’ll ever go to.


Showcase Cinema Reading. In November 2009 the owners of The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare examined the possibility of purchasing Hastings Pier and restoring it to its former glory. However, after a structural assessment it was estimated that repairs would cost over £24 million, with a similar amount needed to restore attractions at the pier head. The structural engineers dismally commented that the pier was "one good storm away from collapse".
Prior to its destruction in a fire on 5 October 2010, Hastings Pier was deemed to be the pier most at risk in the UK by the National Piers Society. Despite funding set-backs in 2009, such as the withdrawal of Capacity Builders grants, the Hastings Pier & White Rock Trust had made efforts to revitalize the pier. On 1 February 2010, Hastings Borough Council finally resolved to develop an approval in principle to compulsorily purchase the Pier on the agreement of a business plan and suitable funding source. The decision followed a study which showed the pier could be made safe for public use for £3million. On 16 March, Hastings Pier & White Rock Trust successfully obtained a £75k Feasibility grant to fund the completion of necessary engineering surveys and architectural plans for their overall business plan of securing capital funding.

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Following the fire in October that year, an English Heritage assessment confirmed that the previously noted heritage value of the substructure remained so the Hastings Pier & White Rock Trust submitted an application for £8.75m to the Heritage Lottery at the end of November 2010 to restore the substructure of the Pier and renovate the remaining building. Heritage Lottery trustees visited the project and pier on 16 March 2011 to assess the application. Hastings Borough Council were granted £100k toward emergency works by English Heritage in April 2011. This funding was intended to pay for structural supports to be applied to the central section which was weakened by the loss of the deck in the fire.


In May 2011, it was announced by Heritage Lottery Fund that a Stage 1 development grant, releasing the first £357,400 of a total £8.75m grant was awarded by Heritage Lottery. This development grant was intended to complete the business plan, develop the heritage learning and activities programme and raise the £1m funding match. In the meantime, Hastings Borough Council intended to progress the CPO. The remaining award (Stage 2) was subject to the funding match being raised, the authorisation of the business plan by the HLF and the successful completion of the CPO. The redevelopment of the pier was designed by the architectural practice drMM, The charity went into administration in 2017 and the pier was sold to a private buyer in 2018. In August 2013, a compulsory order was enacted and the pier was returned to local ownership which enabled a £14m renovation project to go forward. The work was completed in early 2016, and the pier was reopened to the public on 27 April 2016. 

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Since re-opening, the pier has won the National Piers Society's "Pier of the Year" award in 2017, with Worthing Pier and Llandudno Pier in second and third place. The redeveloped pier was awarded the 2017 Stirling Prize  for architecture, considered to be the most prestigious architecture award in the United Kingdom. The organisation running the pier went into administration in November 2017, leaving the future of the pier uncertain. Hastings Pier was purchased on 15 June 2018 by controversial local businessman Abid Gulzar, who also owns Eastbourne Pier, The pier re-opened on 25 July 2018. The pier closed in December 2018 and re-opened on 1 April 2019. The pier has featured in many films and TV series, such as The Dark Man (1951), ITV wartime drama Foyle's War, Kingmaker's "Queen Jane" music video (1993), Ash's "Tracers" music video (2009), and the film Byzantium (2012). In 2015 a feature-length documentary about Hastings Pier (titled Re: A Pier) was completed by filmmaker Archie Lauchlan.


A huge blaze gutted Hastings Pier in the early hours of Tuesday 5th October 2010 morning time, leaving much of the upper structure destroyed and threatening its viability. The blaze started at about 1am on the seaward end of the pier and gradually spread through the structure. An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said 95% of the upper structure had been destroyed. “Firemen did not go onto the pier itself, instead tackling the blaze from the sides,” said an eyewitness and Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust advising engineer Mike Wilsdon. “It started very small [at the seaward end of the pier], I could see a flame through the window in the far building, and it slowly spread through the structure.”


Wilsdon is advising the private trust in its campaign to restore the structure and reopen the pier. The pier’s sub-structure consists of cast iron columns with steel bracing. Above this is a triangular steel deck, which supports wooden decking. The pier has three wooden buildings each with a steel reinforced concrete base. Despite the fire’s devastation, Wilsdon hopes the structure can still be saved but is fearful over whether its structural integrity is intact. “Although the upper structure has been wiped out I saw no evidence of the sub-structure being damaged. My concern is that the heat from the fire may have buckled the steel,”  Officials closed the pier to the public in 2006 following safety concerns. The columns and bracing on the sub-structure were in a significantly corroded state. Prior to the fire, however, campaigners had hoped that it was recoverable.


Saloon, coupe, spyder, mid-engined sports car, and fastback shooting brake, the Beta was all things to all men not afraid to get matey with the Bondo and rattle cans on an annual basis. Early cars rusted so badly that Lancia UK actually bought them back off owners. Supercharged Volumex models packed a deadly 135bhp from their 2.0 fours.

Created by artist, Matthew Lane Sanderson, this majestic ten meter-tall sculpture is entitled “Crowned Stag” On Thursday, September 7th 2017, the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Duncan Lumley officially unveiled the latest significant piece of public art at Beaulieu in Chelmsford, by Countryside Zest, a joint venture between Countryside and L&Q. depicts the reflection of a stag under a tree. It has been hand crafted from zinc-coated steel and is set on a crown base, reflecting the heritage of the site - a former deer park owned by King Henry VIII as part of his Tudor Palace and estate parkland. The intricate spherical sculpture will be a significant way marker to Beaulieu, visible from the Essex Regiment Way (A130), and is prominently located at one end of ‘The Chase’, the newly created park and gardens that run throughout the centre of the Beaulieu Chase neighbourhood.


The trust has been working with Hastings Borough Council who had agreed to a compulsory purchase following a study that it could be made safe for £3M. The council has been unable to contact the current owner – the Panamanian-registered Ravenclaw – for the past three years.he said. Designed by Eugenius Birch, it opened in 1872 at 280m long and survived a fire in 1917. “The council will now be looking at a new structural survey so that we can be absolutely clear on the degree of damage to the sub-structure,” said Hastings Borough Council leader Jeremy Birch.”Then we can see what the future holds for this iconic building on our seafront.” The blaze is a suspected arson attack and two people have been arrested. Reported on 7th October 2010. Since then the pier has reopened on 27th April 2016. In August 2013, a compulsory purchase order was enacted and the pier was returned to local ownership which enabled a £14m renovation project to go forward. The work was completed in early 2016, No one has ever been charged with the destruction of the pier. 


Blackmill - Miracle (Full Version)

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