The West Pier as it is today: a burnt out wreck. Its cast-iron screw piles which form its support are still there, but all they support now is the metal skeleton of its famous pavilion. Yet the derelict pier still remains a fascinating attraction. And is as much photographed, if not more so, than its vibrant neighbour, Brighton Pier.
For decades the pier has been a roost for thousands of starlings who stream in from all directions from the land at dusk and create a giant swarm