Readers have been sharing their memories of Weymouth Pleasure Pier, which was once a vibrant and bustling location as you can see from the picture above.

The pier is currently surrounded by temporary fencing.

Despite its current condition, many locals still hold fond memories of the pier.

Members of the Weymouth swimming club reminisce about their time swimming in the Basin, long before the town had a proper swimming pool.

The freezing temperatures of the water made the experience less enjoyable, with one member referring to it as "bloody Baltic." Another member recalls the less than pleasant changing cubicle situation, which was also subjected to the frigid conditions.

Dorset Echo: Swimming off Weymouth's Pleasure Pier in its heyday

Swimming off Weymouth's Pleasure Pier in its heyday Picture courtesy of Sue Hogben

Others remember the pier for its diving opportunities.

One individual recalls the fun times of running dives from the top of the steps.

It was a popular spot for diving, with older boys often showcasing their skills on the boards.

These memories highlight the pier's role as both a recreational space and a gathering point for friends.

Dorset Echo: The pleasure pier in more recent timesThe pleasure pier in more recent times

Lilian Cameron, who was in the swimming club, says the pier was where she met her husband.

She recalls attending the club from 1957 to 1960, where she not only swam but also watched water polo matches.

A particularly memorable trip took her and her best friend to West Bay, where they stopped at the Askers Roadhouse and ordered the famous "Pony" drink, advertised as "the little drink with the big kick."

It is apparent that the steps of Weymouth Pleasure Pier hold a special place in the hearts of many.

It seems as though the pier had real significance as a social gathering spot.

Dorset Echo: Weymouth Pleasure Pier today Picture: James Brown MediaWeymouth Pleasure Pier today Picture: James Brown Media