STEVE PEAKE is the author of A Pier Without Peer: The History of Hastings Pier. He is a retired journalist and writer who has lived in Hastings for most of his life, and has memories of Hastings Pier going back to the 1950s. Steve took part in the campaign to save the pier that followed its closure in 2008, and in 2011 he researched, wrote and published the history booklet Peerless Piers, on which this book is based. Steve is honorary curator of the Hastings Fishermen’s Museum and owner of the Hastings Net Shops Museum. For many years he has also run the website www.hastingschronicle.net, which is a primary database, a source of original information, much of which has not been available to the public before. It features a chronological history of Hastings and St Leonards, as well as films, photos and other features of local interest.