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A leading resort ride operator has said he would be interested in taking over a prime piece of Blackpool land when Carnesky’s Ghost Train closes down.

Peter Sedgwick, who owns the North Pier and operates rides on Central and South Pier, has said he will be looking into whether he could take on Flagstaff Gardens, on South Promenade.

The Ghost Train there is set to close on April 21 after “running its course” and being no longer financially viable, owners Blackpool Council and managers Sandcastle Waterpark said, as revealed in The Gazette yesterday.

The attraction, which only made £600 profit in four years after costing £285,000 to set up, has operated since 2010 as an arts installation part of the Illuminations but bosses say it is time for something new.

Alan Cavill, assistant chief executive of Blackpool Council, said: “We have had approaches.

“We will consider all options and what’s best for the tax payer.”

Now Mr Sedgwick has said he would be interested in installing something “modern” there should it go up for lease.

He told The Gazette: “I’ll certainly have a look at it and have a talk with the council. Rides are my business. It’s a good position there. If I were to take it I’d be looking to go over to the States to fetch something over that was completely different.”

Ideas Mr Sedgwick said he believed would prove popular and successful on the site include a high ropes course.

He added: “There are a number of new rides out there that would work in Blackpool.

“A high ropes course is a good attraction and that would be something different.”

Sandcastle bosses said they have had ideas for the site too but for now they are marking the “end of an era”, said business development manager Jane Kelly.

She added: “We have ideas and are in discussions all the time but there’s nothing in the pipeline, we’re just sending Carnesky’s out in a nice way.”

Neighbour Blackpool Pleasure Beach said it cannot comment on the matter.

 

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