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GOING, GOING, GONE: THE ORIGINAL SOUTHPORT PLEASURELAND (PAGE 4)
by G Radice/H Booth/P Gould/P Grimshaw/R Houghton/D Jones/Kate/M Pavion
Article: Added 2004 to 2007
Phil Gould: Memories
"I remember visiting the park as a teenager with a group of friends and we managed to go on every big ride (including two waltzers!).
"I did feel a little sick by the time we got to our last ride
of the day - the Hurricane Jets. These days 10 seconds on a waltzer would have me running
for the nearest bin.
From Liverpool Daily Post:
entry fee sees slump in visitors to Pleasureland
But executives at the fair - which saw a £500,000 investment programme for this year's season - say the statistics do not point to a downturn in business.
Spokeswoman Helen O'Neill told the Daily Post: "In September 2004, we decided to introduce an admission charge of £2.
"Previously, we had been a totally free tourist attraction. People could enter the grounds without paying and then buy a wristband to go on the rides.
so many people would wander on to the site without
using the rides, or just use the toilets, that we
decided to bring in the charges.
Memories of PLEASURELAND? Gosh! Where to begin?
I grew up in Southport. My brother was born there and despite living in the West Midlands for 40yrs Southport is still where I feel I belong. Roots!!
After we left in the 60s we still went back every year. We had close friends there and I would go back on my own sometimes. Then when my son was born I took him every year.
He grew up. My parents died but I still returned faithfully to Southport every year.
It always makes me sad to see things I identified with childhood have been either left to decay or are ready to be demolished.
Progress is a fact of life and new things are part of that development but do we always have to destroy everything that has "age" on its side in the name of progress and regeneration?
Going to PLEASURELAND was always magical for me and when I got older it was magic of a different kind... It didn't matter what problems I had in any part of my life because PLEASURELAND's magic never failed.
It would start on the walk to the "fair" - the closer you got as you walked across the bridges of the lake, the more excited you'd feel! The noise of the rides, squeals of delight and that unmistakable sound of the chain pulling THE CYCLONE cars up the lift hill, followed by a short silence, then the screams and the noise of the car rushing up and down the ride...From being a child on the small rides through to a middle aged woman, I always felt uplifted by PLEASURELAND'S magic!
In the last few years I did more people
watching in the park whilst enjoying some refreshment rather than doing all the rides -
but that too was lovely. I'd smile and even found myself laughing out
loud as I heard screams and squeals from young people
hurtling up and down, round and round.
Southport Pleasureland closed for good on 5th September 2006
Official Statement: September 6th 2006
It is with regret that the Directors of
Pleasureland Ltd announce the closure of their Pleasureland Amusement Park. We are extremely saddened to have to make this
announcement, especially as our hard-working and loyal team here has helped us so much in our endeavours over the years.