Barry’s Amusements, put up for sale last year, is still awaiting confirmation that it can reopen to the public.
Owned by the Trufelli family for the past 94 years, the Northern Irish attraction confirmed in March that it would remain open while the business was up for sale as a going concern, only to be closed by lockdown weeks later.
In a statement posted on its website at the weekend, a spokesperson for Barry’s said: “In light of the coronavirus crisis, unfortunately we do not yet have a confirmed date for the re-opening of Barry’s and are awaiting information from the Northern Ireland Executive.
“We trust everyone understands that the situation is beyond our control and once again we would like to thank our loyal employees and customers for their continued support.
“When Government advice does change, we will review the situation and advise accordingly.”
With theme parks in England welcoming visitors for the first time since the lockdown, Barry’s Amusements will be hoping an exemplary re-opening will convince ministers in Stormont to give them the green light.
Until then, the iconic coastal landmark remains on the market and it’s not without suitors. A number of interested parties have been linked to Barry Island, most notably the actor Jimmy Nesbitt and the man behind the Northern Irish inflatable park innovation We are Vertigo. While no progress has been reported, re-opening will remain a top priority for the amusement park, not least for the popular coastal resort where many in the local community have, according to a recent article in the Belfast Telegraph “resigned themselves to a Portrush without the famous amusement park”.