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Southport Pier is a Grade II listed pleasure pier located in Southport, Merseyside, England. First opened in August 1860, it is the oldest iron pier in the country and spans a length of 1108m, making it the second-longest in Great Britain after Southend Pier. Although at one stage reaching out, a succession of storms and fires during the late 19th and early 20th century have reduced its length to that of the present day.The pier has been host to famous entertainers, including Charlie Chaplin in the early 20th century and was formerly visited by steamliners in its heyday, however channel silting meant this ceased in the 1920s. Designated as a listed structure in 1975, the pier fell into disrepair throughout the late 20th century. By 1990, the pier was operating at a significant annual loss with rising maintenance costs, and the local council sought to have the pier demolished, yet were defeated in their attempt by a single vote. Subsequent restorations have been undertaken with the help of grants and lottery funding.The contemporary pier was significantly restored during 2000–2002 and its modern structure opened to the public in May 2002. The Southport Pier Tramway ran from Southport Promenade to the pier head at various times in the pier's history with various rolling stock, most recently until June 2015.

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