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HAPPILAND: MEMORIES OF A CHILDREN'S FUNFAIR IN SOUTHPORT (PAGE 3 OF 8)
by Gary Radice
Article: Added January 2007
the other side of the Pier is the unique Peter Pan's
Playground...a place designed for children only, with
exciting roundabouts, motor cars, aeroplanes, swings,
slides and many other things to bring colour to their
cheeks and a sparkle to their eyes."
The Jigsaw Railway: This consisted of a train engine pulling several striped 'tub-like' carriages that went into 'a mountainous cave.' Not much happened inside the cave. I remember seeing some green lights, but nothing scary as I can recall. I liked it because the train did two circuits.
There was also a Helter Skelter: "But you didn't end up in a big bowl like the one for grown-ups at Pleasureland..."
cars on a roundabout that went up and down over some
small undulating hills. I remember thinking these cars
were strange because they had two steering wheels on the
favourites included the airplanes (that spun out
and that had propellers on the front) and The Jungle
Ride which was a ride in which trucks in the shape of
animals went around on a track.
I also remember those aeroplanes! A bit like a miniature version of Blackpool's Flying Machine...Brilliant!
A Crooked House with a slide at the end. I remember just seeing this attraction standing alone and deserted in the late eighties/early nineties when the rest of the park was derelict...
had taken a picture..
was a small roller coaster which didn't really pick up
speed until it hit the second hill. Possibly called The
Alpine Coaster/Glide. The young magiceye was frightened
of that ride..
It was called 'The Wendy Glide.' Apparently in the 60s a young girl called Wendy got killed on it hence it got its name: 'The Wendy Glide.'
It was hard work working on it. The problem was when you had stopped it everyone got off then a new lot of people got on, then when you released the brake the cars didnít move forward so two of you had to get behind it and push it!
the faces on the waiting mums and dads had a slight look
of concern as you grunted and slipped on the oily tracks
as you pushed 3 cars and 12 kids until the chain grabbed
the first car...clatter...clatter...clatter...