If you visited Alton Towers in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s, we want to hear about your experiences.
In April, I revealed that I'm currently working on a book about the history of Alton Towers. I've now largely completed the required research, and am about 30 percent through writing the book itself. It promises to be a really fascinating tale about how a barren patch of land with a hunting lodge on it was transformed into one of Europe's most impressive estates, and subsequently into Britain's most popular theme park.
I don't want the book to be a simple reciting of facts - I want it to include real stories from visitors and staff - hence, it will be titled Tales from Alton Towers. Ironically, as I've been conducting my research, it has been easier to find first-hand accounts of visits to the park from the 1800s than it has been to track down folks who attended the park during the period after the Second World War when it was open to visitors, but had not yet become a theme park.
That's why I'm making a second appeal for those who visited the park during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to share their memories of those trips. Perhaps you visited the old-style fairground during the 1960/70s? Maybe you remember taking a donkey ride, or watching the sea lions frolic in their pool? Perhaps you were even there during the short period in the early 60s when the park had its own zoo!
Whatever the case, please share your memories in the comments section below. If your story is selected for inclusion in the book, I'll send you a £10 Amazon voucher (so remember to provide a valid e-mail address).
I'm particularly interested in any memories relating to the attractions below, but don't feel limited by this list. Please be as detailed as you like in your recollections.
- Sea lions
- Cable Cars (the original ones, not the Skyride)
- Miniature Railway
- Model Railway
- Alpine Bobsleigh
- Pony and donkey rides
- Doom and Sons
- Rupert Bear Magic Show
- Mississippi Showboat
- Mirror Days (special events in the 1970s)
- The Black Hole (in its early days)
- The Corkscrew (in its early days)
Thanks for your help!