A shuttered Lincolnshire theme park looks set to be resurrected in due course, with its owner claiming that the ink is already drying on an agreement which will soon see the attraction change hands.
Pleasure Island in Cleethorpes closed its doors in 2016 after dwindling visitor numbers saw the site struggle to turn a profit, and in the intervening years its rides have either been sold and shipped abroad – or simply abandoned and left to rust.
But the fortunes of the forlorn park seem set to change: with owner Melanie Wood confirming to Grimsby Live last week that a multi-million pound deal has been signed with a new buyer who has pledged to create a brand new leisure attraction where the rides of Pleasure Island once stood.
“We have been waiting for a number of weeks but it is now about to be signed,” she remarked, adding that she was presently unable to publicly disclose the name of the owner. “It’s going to need a lot of work doing to the site, but they are prepared to do that and make a commitment and a lot of money spent on it.”
Wood’s family has been the majority owner of the park since 1991, and spoke of how her personal attachment to the business had made the decision to sell a difficult one.
“It has been a bit emotional, but it is the right thing to do,” she said. “The area needs to be alive again and used for the benefit of Cleethorpes.”