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Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

Oft criticised for being out of touch with life on the shop-floor of British amusements, the Gambling Commission has risen to the challenge and experienced it first hand. New chief Neil McArthur spent a day with Weston’s Grand Pier to see how operations really work.   Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur rolled up his sleeves to learn first-hand how family...

Grand Pier: The Phoenix of Weston, 10 years on

Michelle Michael
It has been a decade since a fire destroyed Weston-super-mare’s premier attraction, and while the memory of that day still stings for operator Michelle Michael MBE, the new Grand Pier has done its predecessor more than proud. Weston-super-mare’s Grand Pier “looks like it’s been part of the landscape forever now”, according to opera- tor Michelle Michael, who appeared on ITV...

Michelle Michael: Set-up for success with social media investment

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier
Having invested in a new website, communications staff, a museum attraction and disco bikes, Michelle Michael, owner of the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, has plenty of excitement to share - and she’s hired a social media team to do it. After experiencing a “pretty poor easter” along with the rest of the seaside sector, Michelle Michael, operator of the Grand...

Grand pier gears up for early Easter

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Easter is coming early in 2018, and while that poses challenges for the amusements industry, Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare is preparing by “offering customers more than ever”.   Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier is upping its entertainment offering in time for a 30 March Good Friday, as it prepares for a “tricky” early Easter. Coming more than two weeks later than in 2017, this...

Government urged to take action to insure the future of piers

Coinslot - Piers BALPPA Insurance seafront
BALPPA has recommended that the UK Government should underwrite the insurance of piers to allay the financial burdens they face due to their geographic vulnerability.   Recent storms may have brought the plight of piers around the country into sharp focus, but for many years operators have found organising insurance increasingly difficult due to a mix of rising premiums, and a...

Can Weston’s trendy new ‘lanes’ district bring a boon for amusements?

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As Weston-super-Mare’s town planners embark on a bold reimagining of the town centre, pier boss Michelle Michael urges them to adopt best practices of other comparative authorities. The local authority at Weston-super-Mare has unveiled plans for a lanes-style shopping district across three streets in the town centre. The idea which has been driven in part by Weston’s Business Improvement District (BID)...

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