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GOING, GOING, GONE: THE ORIGINAL SOUTHPORT PLEASURELAND (PAGE 6)
by G Radice/H Booth/P Gould/P Grimshaw/R Houghton/D Jones/Kate/M Pavion
Article: Added 2004 to 2007
The Cyclone at Pleasureland
From Champion Newspapers 12th September 2006
By Rebecca Keegan
Pleasureland managing director
Amanda Thompson has for the first time spoken about her emotional decision to close the resort’s famous amusement park.
The sad dismantling of the ride started on 14th September 2006 just nine days after the closure of Pleasureland.
September 15th 2006
Concern over Cyclone Future
THE DEPUTY leader of Sefton Council is concerned about the future of one of Southport’s “most iconic structures”, the Cyclone rollercoaster.
Cllr David Tattersall said: “The ride that is most iconic and of the most importance to the site is The Cyclone, which dates back to the 1930s. It’s something that has got to be saved.”
While the future of the landmark structure remains in doubt, the Meols Ward councillor has urged people to focus on something positive.
“It is a sad day, but we have got to look at the positive,” he said.
“One thing people can be sure about is that there is no way the site can be used for a development such as luxury flats or a supermarket.”
Rick Houghton: Memories
I can't believe they are already dismantling the Cyclone rollercoaster at Pleasureland.
Built in 1937 it is regarded as one of the best 'woodies' of its kind in the world. It was also the first rollercoaster I plucked up the courage to ride as a child.
I am so sad to see chainsaws being used to cut it up! Please please tell me it is to be moved somewhere else? I can't believe they are just going to scrap such a big part of history.
If they do intend to scrap this ride then I have a new found contempt for Amanda Thompson who ultimately must have made the decision. Would her father have let this happen? No way! He understood how much heritage counts in the amusement industry.
I only hope we hear that someone can either save or relocate this terrific rollercoaster.
Rick Houghton is presenter of 'Rick Houghton's Home Run', Mon - Fri from 4pm on Radio City 96.7 Liverpool
Harry Booth: Memories
Having lived in Southport for 27 years I shall miss seeing the Cyclone on my return to see relatives in December.
I first went on it as a young lad in 1950, and can still recall the excitement.
Surely some attempt to sell Pleasureland off could have been made?
Richard Branson wouldn't have been in such a rush as Ms Thompson who obviously doesn't like hard work as her father did.
Who wants to go to Blackpool anyway?