owners and tenants were asked to remove their rides and stalls,
and the whole grounds presented, in 1973-4 a picture of forlorn
desolation. A small area near to the Kursaal buildings was all
that remained of the fairground.
1973 the decision was taken to close the Kursaal grounds. Visitor
figures had been declining since the mid 1960s, as holidays to new
and further destinations became available.
the early 1990s, the
damage done to the buildings by neglect was such that much of the
original structure had to be demolished.
the new Millennium the
Kursaal buildings live again. Of course, the Kursaal Gardens - the
amusement park - can never be recreated, but at least the buildings
live on for another generation.