"...There cannot be much disputing
the fact that Belle Vue was the first major theme park in this country and probably the
world, filled as it was with many kinds of entertainment and activity. A zoo, circus,
ballroom, speedway track, football stadium and a giant amusement park covered the acres of
ground, and as one lady interviewed by the commentator on the video remarks, 'Belle Vue
was the poor man's Blackpool'..."
"...The programme runs for 140
minutes and is a comprehensive study of this entertainment mecca, based on archive
material including old cine film, both amateur and professional, prints, photographs and
interviews with personalities directly connected with Belle Vue and after in the film,
personal reminiscences from people with fond memories of the place..."
"...An interview with the last
ringmaster of the circus, plus the man who set a new world record for riding on a roller
coaster, all add to the interest in this absorbing production. It is of interest for
anyone who knew Belle Vue and also for anyone with an interest in fairgrounds, amusement
parks and general entertainment..."
"...A marvellous record of a piece
of social history now gone forever, but still remembered by many. With the aid of hitherto
unseen film, this video brings it back to life and shows today's generation how we were
entertained in days gone. Great entertainment, but at over two hour's viewing time,
probably best watched in a couple of sessions!"
World's Fair, December 1995
"...The tape is a two-and-a-half
hour labour of love which combines archive film and interviews to capture the flavour of
what has been described as 'the world's first theme park'..."
Manchester Evening News,