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HAPPILAND: MEMORIES OF A CHILDREN'S FUNFAIR IN SOUTHPORT (PAGE 7 OF 8)
by Gary Radice
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: Added January 2007

Nick Ousey: This picture shows the dodgems flooded. I used to work in the dodgem booth and as you can see from the picture there there was a box from which you controlled the ride.
Inside there was a red button and a green button to switch the electric on and off for the six or so cars. It was up to you how long the ride went on for.

If you had a girl with you in the booth the kids sometimes got a very long ride!!

There weren't many scams you could get up to as the customers used to buy tickets from ticket booths. Each ride cost a set number of tickets (normally 2 or 3 per ride - 12 tickets per sheet).

One of the only things you could do is that when someone had a big family and they gave you a full sheet of tickets you could then sell them back to a ticket seller and then they could be resold as a full sheet again.

You were doing well if you made 5.00 a day. You were only on about that anyway for 10 hours work!

Overall a happy and fun three seasons 1974-76.

"Happiland was put up for sale after the close of the 1989 season. The specification was as follows:
 
Developed as a Children's Amusement Park and separately fenced Playground together with an on-site car park which can accommodate four hundred plus cars. The rides include: Ghost train, Viking Boats, Sante Fe Train, Jet Ride, Magic Roundabout, the Wheel and Giant Astroslide."

 
Stephen Copnall, Pleasureland Memories


"This picture was taken at least 20 years ago and has been copied from slides. The picture is of the Dodgems at Happiland by the side of the Pier after the sea came in." Photo: Roving Eye

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