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Family Star spinning roller coaster to open at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach in March 2013

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach entrance

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is pushing ahead with a major expansion plan, including the installation of a new spinning roller coaster for the 2013 season.

The ride, manufactured by Italian firm Fabbri, has been acquired at a cost of £300,000 and is expected to open on March 23. It will be housed on the former site of Twister, which is being moved elsewhere in the seafront park. Dubbed Family Star, it was located at Sommerland Syd in Denmark until the end of the 2011 season.

Local authorities have approved a plan to install a new £25 million entertainment complex, The Edge, alongside the park. It will host a 7-screen Odeon cinema, a selection of restaurants and a 120-room hotel, along with a large casino.

As part of the overhaul of Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, the park will remove its long-standing Log Flume ride. Originally opened in 1989, it will be replaced by an indoor attraction, which include a rope-walking and climbing course, in 2015.

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