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an Archive of all news items featured on the Joyland Books News Page between 1
and 30 June 2002.
New Blackpool Pleasure Beach Book Released [18/6/02]
Postcards Come to Joyland Books [16/6/02]
Scenic Railway Gallery Launched [13/6/02]
New Books Added to Secondhand Shop [12/6/02]
Joyland Books Launches New Department [2/6/02]
Planning Problems for Flamingo Land [2/6/02]
Flamingo Land Theme Park, North Yorkshire, continues to suffer from planning problems. The 55-metre high Cliff Hanger tower ride, which was granted planning permission last year, has been installed in a slightly different location to that in the planning permission, and has the ride has been painted with red stripes to give it the appearance of a lighthouse. Members of Ryedale District Council's planning committee have been considering this issue now since the ride was installed, and no final decision has been made. One of the options put forward by the Council is to retain the ride, but to require the removal of the red stripes. Park bosses have expressed dissatisfaction at the Council's general support for the Flamingo Land business, which is one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions. If a retrospective planning permission is not granted, Ryedale District Council can commence enforcement proceedings. However, given that Flamingo Land could appeal any enforcement notice, this planning battle could run and run. The lighthouse themed tower ride forms part of a new, seaside-themed area of the park.
Hunstanton Pier Destroyed by Fire [19/5/02]
Hunstanton Pier on the north Norfolk coast was completely destroyed by fire yesterday, after a blaze swept through CHS Amusements. The Pier caught fire some time before 5am on Saturday morning, but is so badly damaged that the cause may never be known. Attractions on the Pier, which was built in 1870, have included bingo, rock stalls, waxworks, acrobatics and skating. In 1939 the Pier Pavilion was completely destroyed and most of the Pier was swept away during the gales of 1978. The amusement arcade was all that was left of this historic pier. The remains of the Pier will now have to be pulled down. In other news from Hunstanton, the Waltzer from the closed Spanish City amusement park at Whitley Bay is now open at Hunstanton's Rainbow Amusement Park, now under the ownership of Johnny Cook. With thanks to Keith Hamilton
Art Exhibition Opens at Blackpool Pleasure Beach [13/5/02]
New Scenic Railway Website Launched [12/5/02]
Amusement Park Photographs Available to Buy [12/5/02]
The recently launched Amusement Park Photographic Library, a huge archive of images of British amusement parks, has added a new service. All photographs within the Library are now available to buy as prints or on CD-ROMs. Photographs can also be provided free of charge by email to non-commercial websites in digital format. The Library was launched last month to supply images of amusement parks and rides to the world's media. Click here for prices for non-commercial and private use.
Two New Fairground Videos Released [6/5/02]
Tornado Roller Coaster to Open in Wales in 2002 [29/4/02]
£30m Theme Park Planned For Kent [29/4/02]
A new £30m theme park is planned for the Chatham Docks area in Kent. Themed around the works of Charles Dickens, Dickensworld will feature several rides including a roller coaster. The theme park, which is to be financed by a London investment house, will be entirely indoors and will cover a total of three acres. More news as it breaks.
New £25m Ride for Blackpool Pleasure Beach [20/4/02]
A "spectacular" new ride could be build at a cost of £25m at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, according to the park's Managing Director. Speaking on last night's The Late Debate With Lucy Meacock on Granada Television, Geoffrey Thompson pledged that his Company would invest this sum of money on a world-beating ride if the proposals for the development of resort casinos in the town go ahead. The Government's proposals for the relaxation of gambling laws, A Safe Bet For Success, were launched on 26 March this year, and new legislation is expected to follow. The new attraction would be the most expensive ride ever built in the world-famous park.
Drayton Manor Announces Major New Development [17/4/02]
Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire, has announced a £6m, 78-bedroom hotel development, which will include special themed bedrooms, based on the park's famous attractions. This follows the success of the Alton Towers Hotel, which opened in 1996, and which is to be joined next year by a second hotel. The Drayton Manor Hotel is expected to open in time for the 2005 season. This is the latest in a long line of multi-million pound developments for the park. This year saw the opening of the £1m Maelstrom ride, and the park has already announced a new water based ride for 2003, currently known only as Project Neptune.
Americana Amusement Park to Re-Open [17/4/02]
Little-known Ohio park, the Americana Amusement Park, is to re-open this summer. In recent years the park had fallen on hard times, and closed its gates in 1999. Many roller coaster preservationists believed that this would mean the end of the line for the 1924 Miller & Baker Screechin' Eagle coaster. In 2000, the park was purchased by a new owner and they have been slowly bringing the park back to life with heavy investment and it now looks as though the vintage roller coaster will be saved. Joyland Books' sources have revealed that the park will re-open in May/June as The Great American Amusement Park at LeSourdsville Lake, therefore reintroducing the park's original name, which was used from 1921 to 1978. (With thanks to Andrew Edwards)
Joyland Books Launches Amusement Park Photographic Library [16/4/02]
Speaking yesterday, Joyland Books spokesperson Nicola Laister said: "The Joyland Books archive is undoubtedly the biggest library of UK amusement park photographs and we already regularly supply images to the media. The launch of the Amusement Park Photographic Library now formalises this into a brand new service tailored specifically to the requirements of the World's media. We can supply photographs for editorial or commercial use in any format, by post or email. Our newly-launched website includes a full list of all parks featured, and explains how to order photographs. We are confident that this new service will become the first port of call for any company looking for images of amusement parks and theme parks." Click here for the Amusement Park Photographic Library website.
Royalty to Open Fantasy Island's Odyssey [8/4/02]
The Duke of Kent is to open the 4,200-foot Jubilee Odyssey roller coaster at Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells, and the park claims that this will be the first time a theme park ride has been opened by a member of the Royal Family. The ride, which is being launched as part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations, will officially open on 23 May 2002. The opening event will also include an air display by the Red Arrows.
Adventure Island Log Flume Halted by Fight [8/4/02]
Joyland Books can report that last week, the Log Flume at Southend's Adventure Island theme park had to be closed following a fight between two gangs. Damage to the fencing around the ride occurred during the incident, to which police were called. The ride was closed for approximately an hour.
New Coasters Open to Mixed Reviews [8/4/02]
Britain's two newest roller coasters, AIR at Alton Towers and Colossus at Thorpe Park, both resulted in a busy Easter period for their respective parks, with queues of up to three hours. Whilst both rides have been generally well received, AIR has come in for criticism for its unreliability. The experimental nature of the ride, on which riders sit face down in flying position, has resulted in regular down-time. Guest Services at the park has had to deal with a large number of complaints from visitors. Modifications are to be made to the ride in the near future to improve customer throughput.
American Adventure Owner Tops Theme Park Rich List [7/4/02]
Trevor Hemmings, 66, the owner of Derbyshire's American Adventure Theme Park and the Blackpool Tower (amongst many other tourist attractions) is the wealthiest man in the theme park industry, according to the Times Rich List 2002. With a personal fortune of £518m, Hemmings ranks at No. 55 in the the Top 1000 list, published in today's Sunday Times. The only other member of the theme park industry to feature is John Woodward, 59-year-old owner of Fantasy Island Theme Park at Ingoldmells, near Skegness. Woodward, whose Blue Anchor Leisure company made £2m profits last year, ranks No. 595, with a fortune of £60m.
Vintage Fairgrounds Exhibition Opens [1/4/02]
Secondhand Amusement Park Books Available Now [22/3/02]
Scenic Railway Report Available to Download For Free [7/3/02]
The report produced by Nick Laister and David Page, which was issued to English Heritage in May 2001, and resulted in Margate's Scenic Railway becoming the first ever listed roller coaster is available to download now for free from Joyland Books. Click here to be taken to the download page.
Biography of Great Amusement Park Ride Inventor Out Now [7/3/02]
Margate Roller Coaster Becomes UK's First Listed Ride [1/3/02]
A report submitted to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport by Joyland Books and TheGalloper.com has resulted in a Margate roller coaster becoming a listed building, the first time a UK amusement park ride has been listed. The ride in question is the Scenic Railway roller coaster, which has stood at Dreamland Amusement Park, Margate, since 1920.
"The Scenic Railway at Margate is the oldest operating roller coaster in the United Kingdom, and is nothing short of a remarkable survival. It is the only remaining ride of its type in original condition. Click here for the full press release.
2002 Leeds and King's Lynn Fairs Available on Video [1/3/02]
Vintage Fairground Exhibition Announced [27/2/02]
Fairground Show at Blackpool for Pleasure Beach Opening [27/2/02]
Blackpool Pleasure Beach opens its gates for the 2002 season on this weekend. And visitors to the park can enjoy a Fairground Model Show organised by Britain's Fairground Society. The Show, which is to be held in the Casino building, is part of the Society's 40th Anniversary celebrations and will open for one day only on Sunday 3rd March. It will feature 76 stalls with fairground model and memorabilia exhibitors, fairground organisations and trade stands. The event is being sponsored by Blackpool Department of Tourism and will feature entertainment from Foggy the Clown. Admission to the event is free, and with all Pleasure Beach rides at £1 and wristbands at half price, it is likely to be a fantastic day out.
Major Southport Sponsorship Deal Renewed [22/2/02]
Out Now: The Travelling Fair [20/2/02]
New Range of Fairground Books Added [19/2/02]
New Roller Coaster for Knowsley Safari Park [12/2/02]
Knowsley Safari Park near Liverpool will add a new juvenile roller coaster to its line-up for the 2002 season. Manufactured by DPV rides, this 'Big Apple' style ride will have a custom snake theme and will be called The Rattlesnake. It joins the Pinfari Viper coaster, installed at Knowsley in 2000 after the park purchased the ride from Marvel's Amusement Park at Scarborough. As part of the rejuvenation of the amusement park, the Elephant Express Railroad has also received two brand new covered carriages allowing riders to take shelter from the rain whilst enjoying the seven minute ride. To celebrate the new season, which commences 1 March 2002, Knowsley has a brand new website, which is linked from the Joyland Books Directory.
Top Fairground Books Reduced [9/2/02]
Camelot's Venom Rollercoaster Demolished [8/2/02]
Camelot Theme Park has demolished its Venom roller coaster. Previously called The Beast, Venom was one of the earliest enclosed roller coasters in the United Kingdom, and took riders on a twisting journey into complete darkness. Camelot removed its famous Tower of Terror roller coaster in 2000, and was refused planning permission for a Vekoma Invertigo coaster last year. The park plans a replacement attraction, news of which will appear on Joyland Books soon.
Jubilee Odyssey to Open 24 May [8/2/02]
The long-awaited Jubilee Odyssey suspended looping roller coaster, custom-designed by Vekoma, is to open at Fantasy Island on 24 May 2002. The ride, so named in celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee, will feature six inversions and speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Steelwork has arrived at the site and the ride is currently under construction.
Drayton Manor Pioneer Dies [2/2/02]
As the popularity of the park increased, the Bryant family, aware of the phenomenal rise of nearby Alton Towers, decided to take the park in the direction of a theme park. It was at this time that the Shipleys sold all of their rides to the Bryan family. Only the park's amusement arcade is still run by the Shipleys. The Shipley family is now well-known for an amusement park at Stouport-on-Severn (Riverside Amusement Park) and for a chain of amusement arcades. June Shipley's granddaughter Joy Hall is the co-owner (with her husband Elliot) of the famous Top Buzz travelling ride.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Book Reduced [2/2/02]
Major New Book on British Fairground Transport Announced [26/1/02]
Rotunda Amusement Park Announces New Rides For 2002 [25/1/02]
Folkestone's Rotunda Amusement Park has announced its new rides for the 2002 season. Heading the line-up is a new Runaway Train coaster, adding to the park's coaster arsenal, which already includes the Magic Mouse spinning coaster and Runaway Coaster, the 1922 wooden side-friction coaster. Also new at the park in 2002 will be a Wave Swinger and a Jumping Star tower ride for the children. Rotunda is owned and operated by Dreamland Leisure, owners of the Dreamland Fun Park in Margate.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Puts Several Rides on the Market [25/1/02]
A number of rides and attractions at Blackpool Pleasure Beach have been put on the market. The O.D. Hopkins Cableway, a central feature at the park since 1960, is the most famous of the rides currently being advertised for sale in trade newspaper World's Fair. Also for sale are a set of Ghost Train cars, the portable ice rink (which was installed on the site of the Tokaydo Express powered roller coaster), a set of roller coaster cars (built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company), Hurricane Jets (Lang Wheels) and a revolving barrel (Lusse Brothers). Meanwhile, the Pleasure Beach has announced several new attractions for 2002 (see news item on 6 January 2002).
Tower Rides for Flamingo Land and Pleasureland [19/1/02]
More new tower rides have been announced for UK parks in 2002. Flamingo Land is set to open its new 185-foot high Cliff Hanger ride as part of its new seaside-themed area, Professor Bubbles Seaside Adventure. The ride will reach speeds of over 50mph. Southport Pleasureland will open its new Space Shot tower ride later this year. The 150-foot high ride, which is currently under construction at the park, will catapult riders upwards at speeds of almost 80mph. Brighton Pier on the South Coast of England will also open a new tower ride for 2002. The tower ride craze sweeping the country's amusement parks was started in 1996 when Blackpool Pleasure Beach opened Playstation: The Ride (now Ice Blast). Tower rides can now be found at several UK parks, including Drayton Manor, Fantasy Island, Oakwood, Pleasure Island and Thorpe Park.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Announces New Rides For 2002 [6/1/02]
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced several million pounds worth of new attractions for 2002. Heading up the list is "White Knuckle Adventure 2002", which will be no less than two Fabbri Booster rides side by side, which will spin riders high into the air at high speeds on arms resembling huge propellers. The rides will be located on the Tom Sawyer Bridge. The second new attraction, called "Impossible", will see the 1001 Troubles (mirror maze) and Haunted Swing combine to create a new walk-through attraction full of illusions and effects. This follows the successful amalgamation of the Haunted Hotel and Tagada rides to create Trauma Towers a number of years ago. "Autopia" will replace the former Veteran Car Ride in the South Park, and will be a large version of the popular fairground ride. There will also be improvements in the park's infrastructure, including catering, shopping and shows. The park opens for business on 2 March, with all rides £1 and wristbands at half their normal price. For more information, visit www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.co.uk.
Secondhand Traction Engine Books Available [01/01/02]
Joyland Books has added a selection of sought after books about traction engines into the Secondhand Bookshop. The titles are Traction Engines by Harold Bonnett, The Headway Story, Traction Engines, the Salmon Cameracolour guide and Discovering Traction Engines by Harold Bonnett. All will appeal to fans of fairground transport, featuring photographs and information on showmen's engines. Further secondhand books will be added as they arrive.
Happy New Year From Joyland Books [01/01/02]
Last year was a big year for Joyland
Books. March 2001 saw the introduction of a new-look website for Joyland Books. More
changes were afoot in April with Joyland Books saying goodbye to its old website address
(www.joyland.co.uk) and finding a new home on the World Wide Web: www.joylandbooks.com and www.joylandbooks.co.uk. April was a busy
month, because later that month we opened a new Message
Board, which has proved to be a popular addition to the site. In July buying
books from Joyland Books became easier than ever, when Joyland Books opened its secure
server, allowing customers to buy books instantly online by credit card, although we have
retained a mail order option for those who prefer to pay by cheque. In 2001, Joyland also
opened its Video Shop, CD Shop and Magazine
Shop, and new additions have been appearing regularly. Our range of books
(which is how we made our name in the first place) has also expanded into the biggest
specialist range of amusement park, theme park and fairground books on the Internet. As we
now enter 2002, our third year, we will see a whole host of fantastic new books, videos
and CD-ROMs at Joyland Books. Any new releases will be announced here first, so be sure to
bookmark this page. Happy New Year from all of us at Joyland Books! News Archives 2000
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