Historic Swanage Pier is sporting a smart new look thanks to volunteers from a Dorset accountancy firm.

A 21-strong team from Princecroft Willis (PcW) gave up their Saturday to prepare and paint the railings of the Grade II listed structure which was built in 1895.

They managed to cover 105 metres in less than six hours, a feat described as staggering by Ben Adeney, Chief Executive of Swanage Pier Trust.

Mr Adeney said: “This was an exceptional effort and we are extremely grateful. It would normally take weeks and months to cover this sort of area.

“It’s the first time we have tried this type of task on this scale and we are absolutely delighted with the outcome.

“The volunteers did a huge amount of work painting and rubbing down, and it looks amazing. They did a fantastic job.”

The PcW team included partners in the firm as well as friends and family members.

Mark Johns, Managing Partner, said the team felt very proud of their work.

He added: “We were divided into three teams – rubbing down with wire brushes, priming and the actual painting.

“Everyone really put their back into the work and there was a great feeling of achievement at covering such a distance.”

Previously volunteering initiatives by PcW staff have included clearing land on Brownsea Island for The National Trust and also a beach clean at Studland.

“We like to put something back into the community we serve and I’m very grateful to everyone who gave up their Saturday to take part,” said Mark.

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