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Magician Paul Daniels gets into the swing of things after opening Professor Peabody's Play Place in the Winter Gardens, 20.06.83

Magician Paul Daniels gets into the swing of things after opening Professor Peabody's Play Place in the Winter Gardens, 20.06.83

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It was a rope trick with a difference when back in June 1983, magician Paul Daniels swung by to open Blackpool’s latest attraction for children – as pictured on the front cover of today’s Memory Lane.

Youngsters across the resort – and those visiting on holiday – couldn’t moan they were bored during the summer holidays, after Professor Peabody’s Playplace opened in the Winter Gardens.

The giant adventure playground took over the Olympia exhibition hall during the summer months.

The magic star, who was appearing in a summer season at the Opera House, declared the new fun centre, on Coronation Street, open after swinging across on a rope to cut the ribbon, shouting “I’ll try anything once.”

The £250,000 centre was opened to offer an alternative to fun-fair style amusements and was the first of its kind in the country – created by the First Leisure Corporation.

Mr Daniels was also photographed taking a dip in the ball pool, surrounded by local youngsters.

Prof Peabody’s Playplace was described by Lord Delfont – the head of owners First Leisure – as “a terrific innovation in children’s leisure.”

• Were you there? Were you one of the children photographed at the Professor Peabody’s opening event? Email emma.harris@blackpoolgazette.co.uk