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HAPPILAND: MEMORIES OF A CHILDREN'S FUNFAIR IN SOUTHPORT (PAGE 5 OF 8)
by Gary Radice
Article: Added January 2007
"Until 1960, business (at Peter Pan's Playground and
Pool) was brisk.."
My memories are a bit foggy from here but I am sure for the 1974 season you stayed on the ride you were put on all day.
In '75 and '76 you rotated around three rides throughout the day about 2 hours per ride.
very much in pecking order to what ride you operated. I
think the worst two rides were around the back near the
café. They where The Jungle Ride (the ride that I used
to love ten years earlier) and 'The Crank'. The Crank
was a very old flying swing ride.
People started to always arrive at the park around 11am, after you had been served tea by 'Fred' at around 10.30am. He always came around with a young helper who gave you a plastic cup then Fred used to pour out tea from a very large teapot. I guess Fred was in his late 60s and when you are only 16 that seems very old!
to work till about 6 or 7 at night. Basically we were
allowed to go when the crowds of people became a trickle
and then when there were just the odd stragglers we got
the nod and it was time to lock up your ride.