The stories of Britain’s piers will be told in an exhibition of paintings at Farnham Maltings from April 28 until May 26.

Artist Paul Tracey has put them all, including Eastbourne, in his book 100 Piers – Paintings at the Water’s Edge.

He said: “Every pier, from the grandest to the most modest, has its own story. They have been blown up, blown down, knocked down, fallen down, burnt down, had boats knock them down and been the subject of bankruptcies and dodgy deals. The book tells many of these stories.

“The weather and susceptibility for fires has resulted in piers changing shape on a regular basis. Many are far shorter than originally built, especially on the east coast, where the tide goes out a long way. Some change their colour scheme, others are refurbished to locals’ delight or dismay.

“I will be showing about 16 paintings, all for sale, plus prints of some of the paintings and copies of the book. Paintings from the collection have been exhibited in galleries from the Bridlington Contemporary in the north to the Rye Gallery in the south, and several in between. One or two have been exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists’ annual exhibition.”