It has been 44 years since New Brighton had a pier, but it is still fondly remembered by many.
There is plenty of Facebook debate about what should be done to boost the seaside town, with talk of bringing back the outdoor swimming pool, the tower, and of course the pier.
For younger readers it might be hard to imagine a pier along the coast by the Fort, and while New Brighton has attracted thousands over recent years for walks along the coast, it is hard for some to picture its beach so packed full of holidaymakers you could barely move.
But these pictures from our archives show just that. Hundreds of people crammed onto one of the North West's most popular tourist destinations – including queues for buses and ferries just to get there.
Dr Anya Chapman, honorary secretary of the National Piers Society told the ECHO how the pier had two decks and was also used to keep Merseyside safe during the war.
She said: "New Brighton Pier was designed by the renowned pier engineer Eugenius Birch.
"Birch designed 14 seaside piers in total, including Brighton's West Pier, Blackpool North Pier, Hastings Pier, and Eastbourne Pier. Birch's pier at New Brighton was the second to be built on the site.
"The first wooden ferry pier had been opened in 1834, but was too short to be used by the ferries at low tide. The new pier opened in 1867 and was a unique design for seaside piers because originally the promenade pier could only be reached via the ferry pier which ran alongside it, rather than from the shore.
"It wasn't until 1899 that the pier was extended to reach the shore, and photos from the time show that the pier had two entrances – one for the promenade pier, and one for the ferry pier.
"The pier has two decks – an upper and lower deck, and when it opened admission to the pier was 2d, and access to the upper deck, where the Mersey could be viewed through telescopes, was an additional 1d.
"During WWII the pier was used in the war effort to protect the Mersey and entry into Liverpool. There are even some accounts of the pier being fitted with torpedo tubes. "
The pier was then bought in 1928 by Wallasey Corporation for £13,000 (valued today at over £800,000) and they spent £31,354 (nearly £2m in today's value) replacing rather than repairing all the buildings, including the pavilion.
Dr Chapman said: "Although the popularity of the pier endured after the war, by the mid-1960s the pier's condition had deteriorated, and it was closed in 1965.
"In 1968 Trust House Forte took over the pier and reopened it after significant investment in new facilities such as dodgem rides, the pavilion, and food and souvenir stalls.
"However, its revival was short-lived: the ferry had ceased operation in 1971, and the pier itself closed in 1972 and was demolished during 1973-74."
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An estimated £200,000 was spent on improvements [£3.5m by today's standards] before the pier finally closed.
Dr Chapman added: "There have been subsequent plans for a new pier to be built on the site of the original pier, but so far none of these have come to fruition.
"Around the UK coast new piers are being constructed where traditional Victorian pleasure piers once stood.
"In 2021 alone, Colwyn Bay in North Wales, and Withernsea on the Yorkshire coast, are due to open newly constructed piers.
"Victorian seaside pleasure piers are a great British seaside tradition and during the 21st century the nation is now recognising their importance as part of our seaside heritage, but also as a place where great holiday memories are made."
While the pier has gone, the memories for many have carried on.
Laura Peter had some wonderful memories of her time in New Brighton as a child and a very generous aunt.
She said: "My aunt worked in the office on the pier. When we were kids in the 60’s, me and my twin sister would pop in to see her.
"If we were lucky, our aunt would occasionally write a note for us to show to the staff of the fairground rides for a 'free go'."
Peter McOnie said: "I worked as a Joiner for a company called WE Pond from Ellesmere Port who carried out repairs to the timber decking over the winter period whilst the pier was closed to the public.
"The only interaction I had was with the fortune teller that had a hut on the left-hand side of the pier looking seawards.
"Because of restrictions of space the council had given permission for us to set up a canteen/office in his hut as there were only three of us.
"The fortune teller used to come down quite a few times in March and ask the same question 'Will you be finished for Easter?'
"The answer was of course obvious, 'you are the fortune teller, so you can tell us'."
He added: "It was a bad winter for storms as I remember, and there were days when we just couldn't work over the water replacing the timber, it was far too dangerous, even with the relaxed attitude to health and safety that existed at that time.
"When I was a child and teenager I lived in Dingle and we used to regularly get the ferry across to New Brighton to go to the fair on Tower Grounds."
There was also a pier at Egremont, just down the coast from New Brighton towards BIrkenhead.
It was built in 1827 and was the longest pier in Merseyside, serving the ferries across the river, until it was dismantled in 1946.