Grand Pier owners awarded MBEs
By Prue_Reid | Friday, October 05, 2012, 09:45
OWNERS of Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier, Kerry and Michelle Michael, were presented with their MBEs by Princess Anne at Winsdor Castle.
At Windsor Palace collecting their MBEs are Kerry and Michelle Michael
Siblings Kerry and Michelle were awarded the accolade at Winsdor Castle for services to restoration of the seafront attraction after its devastating fire in July 2008.
The duo was praised for their commitment to rebuilding the landmark and protecting the town from an economic downturn.
The pier re-opened on October 23, 2010 after a £51 million rebuild and now attracts 3.5 million visitors each year.
It is described as 'the best pier in the world' and has a range of rides including a 300m Go Kart Track, the world's smallest rollercoaster, the Robocoaster, two Formula 1 simulators, a laser maze and a 4D Cinema, as well as some of the old favourites like the Dodgems, the Ghost Train and Crazy Circus.
Kerry Michael said: "Our visit to Windsor Castle today to collect our MBEs was an amazing experience and one that we will always treasure.
"Having our immediate family members with us to enjoy this incredible day made it even more special.
"This fantastic honour is recognition for everyone who was involved in the redesign, building and re-opening of the Grand Pier in record time, and we were delighted to go to Windsor Castle today to collect this honour on their behalf from Princess Anne.
"We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved in the re-generation of the Grand Pier, as well as our family and friends or their incredible support."
The setting up of the Axentis Michael Trust, by the Michaels which has donated thousands of pounds to local charities, was also highlighted in awarding the special honour.
Mr Michael added: "To be recognised and honoured for our work in re-building the Grand Pier is very humbling and was completely unexpected.
"After the fire the main aim was to get the Grand Pier up and running as soon as possible.
"It is an iconic landmark and has huge importance for the whole town."