The famous West Pier in Brighton began to collapse into the sea in December 2002, after being battered by heavy winds and stormy seas.
The West Pier was built in 1866, in Victorian times. The Victorians loved visiting the seaside. Their new steam railways made it easier than ever before for people to go on day trips and Brighton was one of the most popular seaside towns.
For more than a hundred years millions of people came to visit the beautiful West Pier.
They would walk, or promenade, along the pier and meet their friends. They could listen to music in the concert hall, watch shows in the theatre, dance, play games, and admire the view.