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The British obsession with piers

The recent fire at Weston-super-Mare pier was big news in the UK - but why are the British so keen on their piers?

Rachel Harvey met Stuart Barrow of Visit Britain for a walk along Southend Pier, the longest seaside pier in the world at 7080 feet (2158m).

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