Piers on the west coast fared better, despite a recommendation from Admiral Sir Frederick C Dreyer that most should also be breached. There's an interesting story to explain why the Blackpool piers escaped sectioning. Apparently it was proposed, and someone said in reply that he wouldn't mind the Germans landing on their piers. All they'd have to do would be to place guns at the entrances and shoot the enemy when he arrived]
Apocryphal or not, Blackpool piers thrive today, unlike some that gradually decayed.
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