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21 June 2007
What's left of PleasurelandSOUTHPORT PLEASURELAND bosses have donated their vintage rides to an amusement park in Kent.

Dreamland, a similar park in Margate, hopes to build a new Heritage Amusement Park using rides from the former Southport funfair which was controversially closed last year by owners Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Nick Laister of Dreamland said: “Southport’s Pleasureland is one of only a handful of amusement parks in this country that still have original rides.  Rides such as the River Caves and Caterpillar date back to the 1920s.

“We have been in discussions with Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Sefton Council, since February with a view to removing the original rides to allow them to be placed in storage for use in the proposed Heritage Amusement Park.”

The rides currently being dismantled include the vintage 1960-built Wild Mouse wooden roller coaster that formerly operated at Morecambe’s Frontierland and the 1922 Caterpillar.

The move came too late for Southport's world-famous wooden rollercoaster the Cyclone, which was demolished shortly after the park closed its doors.

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