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I read with interest your article on Brighton West Pier (NCE 28 March) and am delighted that its restoration is slowly becoming more achievable.

The restoration of Clevedon Pier, Somerset, which partially collapsed under local authority load testing in 1970, was finally completed in 1998. This elegant pier, built by Grover and Ward in 1869 using Barlow rails, received Grade 1 listing in January.

At last, the true merit of Clevedon Pier has been formally recognised. It is not the first time that Clevedon Pier has been related to Brighton West Pier. In December 1979 John Betjamin wrote: 'I think that the most beautiful pleasure piers on the coasts of England are the West Pier at Brighton with its elegant outline and Clevedon Pier, Somerset, which looks like a Whistler oil sketch or a Japanese print.'

Simon Talbot-Ponsonby (M), vice chairman, Clevedon Pier Trust, the Toll House, Clevedon Pier, North Somerset BS21 7QU

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