Tag: Nick Thompson

Blackpool Pleasure Beach unveils its new Icon

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has revealed the name of the new £16.25m rollercoaster, Icon, which will open next year.   The ride, which had gone under the working title of ‘Construction 2018’ until last week, was officially christened ‘Icon’ in a dramatic trailer published on the amusement park’s YouTube channel. The video gave visitors a computer-generated preview of what they could expect from...

First phase of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new rollercoaster set for completion

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has confirmed that the first phase of work on its new £16.25m rollercoaster is on schedule and will be delivered on time.   The amusement park said over 80 per cent of the foundations for the rollercoaster ride, currently dubbed Construction MMXVIII, has been completed. Once finalised, it will be the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster and will feature...

Three generations of Thompson at BALPPA

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Nick Thompson, of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, has become the third member of his well-known family to become chairman of the attractions trade association, BALPPA. For the first time in its 81 year history, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has elected a third-generation chairman. Announced during the trade association’s January AGM, Nick Thompson was selected to...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach announces new 4G rollercoaster

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Executives at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach have revealed plans for a new £16.25m rollercoaster. Temporarily dubbed ‘Construction 2018,’ the two-and-a half-minute ride that will run at 50mph and put punters through 4.3Gs, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018. Nick Thompson, deputy managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said: “We have been working on this concept for five years now...