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Muse gig hopes for re-opened Teignmouth Pier

By Herald Express  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

  • Nik Brenner and Matt Bellamy pictured at the pier in February

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THERE are hopes for a second Muse homecoming to honour the historic Teignmouth Pier.

The iconic structure re-opened for the first time today since it was forced to close when winter storms ripped through the timber floor and tossed arcade machines around like coins.

The devastation caught the eye of Muse frontman Matt Bellamy who earlier this year lent support to the Brenner family, who have owned the pier for generations.

Now, the pier has re-opened for the first time and is planning great things for its 105th anniversary next year.

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Owner Nik Brenner said: “I don’t know Matt but I have been told that he has been kept updated on the repairs by Tim Bouget at Ode in Shaldon.

“It was really nice to see him when he was here in February.

“It is a really big anniversary for us next year and who knows, we may be able to persuade Muse to come back and do a little something for us.”

The supergroup played the Den in two homegoing gigs for A Seaside Rendezvous in 2009.

The pier featured on their artwork for the sell-out concerts.

Nik said that there has been so much support for the pier with lots of wellwishers who have been following the progress.

The opening day comes just in time for the school summer holidays.

He said: “What can I say, the sun is shining, it has been very hot and very busy.

“It is fantastic to finally be back in business.”

The Brenner family, who have owned the attraction since 1962, said hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage was done in the worst storm for decades.

It has taken delivery of new machines, some of which are having teething troubles, said Nik.

“There have been a few teething troubles because some of the machines are completely new to us so please bear with us, We are doing all we can to ensure that everything is working properly.”

The pier originally opened in the 1860s and has been a popular attraction ever since.

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