Printware has pledged its support to a local cause by donating some much needed software to The People’s Pier. Run by local businessman, Leon Reis, The People’s Pier is aiming to buy and renovate South Parade Pier in Southsea, Portsmouth and re-open it to the public.
South Parade Pier is a Portsmouth landmark as iconic as HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower. Opened in 1879, the pier was designed to be used by passengers boarding ferries to the Isle of Wight. It has survived three major fires, including one in 1974 which started during the filming of “Tommy”, and was used in the preparations for the D-Day landings.
The pier has attracted thousands of visitors over the years and has played host to celebrities such as Frankie Howerd, Peter Sellers, Genesis and David Bowie. One of only 55 privately owned piers in the country, South Parade Pier now needs £2 million of investment to restore it to its original Victorian splendour.
Local group, The People’s Pier, is trying to buy and renovate the pier so that it can be fully re-opened to the public. Currently, the pier is deemed unsafe so is part of it is closed to the public; The People’s Pier wants to rectify this and run the pier as a sustainable business.
Buying and re-developing a pier isn’t just expensive, it requires a great deal of organisation and admin. Group chairman, Leon Reis was struggling to keep on top of it all with an ancient PC and software, and this is where Printware came in. Leon wrote to us asking if we’d donate some suitable, up-to-date software and we were only too happy to help by providing it free of charge.
Printware is delighted to support a worthwhile local cause which, if successful, will not only restore an historic landmark but provide a valuable boost to the city’s economy.
by Anthony Morgan