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Pleasure Island could reopen following shock closure

There is renewed hope for the Pleasure Island theme park in Cleethorpes, England, after it was revealed that takeover talks could result in it reopening after yesterday's sudden closure.

Local newspaper The Grimbsy Telegraph reports that the park's managing director, Melanie Wood, is is negotiations to take over the park. This would result in a split from sister park Flamingo Land, owned by Wood's brother Gordon Gibb.

The apparent family feud led to the stunning closure of the park yesterday, which resulted in all of its staff being made redundant. Wood claims that the closure is due to the takeover discussions stalling, but says that it should reopen again "shortly".

News of the closure stunned local residents and business owners, with the park having invested in a number of new attractions for the 2010 season at a reported cost of £600,000. Among the new additions was a new ghost train, Shriekville, footage of which is included in the video embedded below.

Many coastal amusements parks in the UK, such as Margate's Dreamland, have closed in recent years. This has contributed to the decline of seaside resorts, which rely on the parks to draw in visitors.

There are 4 comments.

pleasure island is getting ready to reopen on the 24th April 2010. As reported pleasue island closed on wednesday 14th with the losses of 200 jobs. All previous staff are not getting there jobs back as from now new staff from agency are currentley recruting for pleasure island seasonal job. CURRENT OPEN DAY IS SATURDAY 24TH APRIL 2010

Please note we are trying to confirm the validity of this comment and there has been no official announcement from the park of a reopening date.

Certainly from the number of spelling errors it would appear this is not genuine.

Pleasure Island staff will get their jobs back as soon as an opening date has been set, please be aware that Pleasure Island management will not discuss any confirmation details with anyone unless it has been finalised. Please note that all previous staff will be contacted via telephone or letter a week prior to the park reopening and then the local telegraph and news teams from ITV and Look North will broadcast it. PLEASURE ISLAND IS NOT REOPENING ON APRIL 24TH. Thank You for you attention.

Kind Regards;
Spokes Person on behalf of Pleasure Island LTD

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