Pop-up shops open after Eastbourne pier fire

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Media captionNine traders have been given free pitches courtesy of the council

Temporary shops have been opened for traders following the fire on Eastbourne pier.

A fire destroyed a third of the Victorian structure three weeks ago, with many of the kiosks being put out of business.

They will now be allowed to operate from pop-up shops by the entrance to help recover lost earnings.

Annie Wills, from Eastbourne Borough Council, said the traders will be given a marquee and signage.

She said: "This is a fantastic footfall area on Eastbourne seafront, in a prime location."

The pier's owners said it is hoped part of it could be reopened by Christmas.

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