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The Pleasure Island theme park on the East Coast is to shut down.

 

The shock announcement about the future of the theme park in Cleethorpes, a popular tourist attraction for families from North Lincolnshire and a sponsor of Scunthorpe United during the mid-1990s, was made this afternoon.

 

While it will remain open this weekend and for other planned weekends including its annual fireworks event on October 29, the gates will then be locked for the final time.

 

McCormack's pub and restaurant will stay open - reopening after this season next spring.

 

Owner Melanie Wood said: "It is with deep sadness that I am informing you I have made the very difficult decision to close Pleasure Island Theme Park at the end of this season.

 

"For the past seven seasons we, as a team, have tried very hard indeed to keep the business going but unfortunately there have been too many hurdles.

 

"Despite heavy investment over the years the visitor numbers continue to fall and the good August weather this year sadly was not enough to sustain the business.

 

"In truth it has been a massive struggle from day one but I lived in the hope that with the support of such a loyal and dedicated team and some good weather we would get through. The team never let me down but over the years the weather, amongst other things, certainly has."

 

Mrs Wood said the future of the site was unknown, but the council has been informed of the decision.

 

"Going forward I am confident they will endeavor to work with me to make the right decisions for the resort.

 

"We will continue to operate McCormack's bar and restaurant, as we have done in the past, making improvements over the winter period in preparation for a relaunch in late spring."

 

Mrs Wood continued: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of the surrounding area for their support over the last quarter of a century. Without you we would not have lasted as long as we have.

 

"I would also like to thank the local press who have been nothing but supportive of Pleasure Island from day one.

 

"The park will remain open for the rest of the season, meaning there are just eight days of normal operation left plus, of course, our last firework event which will take place on October 29 (tickets now available)."

 

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This was the park that Robb and Elissa surprised us with on the 2010 UK Trip. We thought we were stopping for a bathroom break and instead we got to go to this nice little park, and prompting Erik to say "A Vekoma is not a urinal!"

 

It was a fun little park and I am glad we got to see it.

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Great surprise park for us during the 2010 UK Tour. The Boomerang was, I remember, pretty good.

And the smaller family coaster was a hit with everybody, too. And that Frisbee (yes?) ride cycle they

also gave us was absolutely nuts!

 

Many thanks to Robb and Elissa for that, and sorry to read it's closing. Great waterfront location I remember, too.

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The Boomerang at Pleasure Island. TPR 2010 UK Tour.

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Last day of operation was yesterday.

 

The Boomerang was great on the back row during the reverse run, there were serious Gs to be had there.

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