Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It started with a kiss...

Jay Preller, 51, and fiancée Hazel Costin, 39, of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, shared their first kiss on the town's Grand Pier back in 2007 and since then the couple have developed a love and fascination for one of Britain's most traditional seaside features.

So much so that they are now touring Britain to visit each of the 54 piers before getting married. The latest to have been visited - and kissed on - by the couple is Saltburn's very own award-winning pier.

Hazel, a teacher, said: "Of all the piers we have visited this is certainly one of the best. It's nice that it is so old fashioned. We've found that every pier is different - we're becoming real experts."

The couple met for the first time at the entrance to the Weston's Grand Pier, which was destroyed by fire last year. They started their tour a year later but once it has finished it won't be the end of the couple's pier antics. Next year, Jay and Hazel will be the first to get married on the re-built Grand Pier.

They will then sit down to write about their travels in a book.

"Neither of us have ever written a book or anything before so it will be a challenge," Hazel said."Hopefully in 10 years we will be able to tour them again - we have grown quite fond of them!"