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Pleasure Beach Junior Board 2012.

Pleasure Beach Junior Board 2012.

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THESE teenagers are helping to call the shots at Blackpool Pleasure Beach after becoming official members of the Junior Board.

Fourteen youngsters, aged between 12 and 16, signed up to lend their expertise to attraction bosses when they met for the first time last week.

The Junior Board was set up in 1995 to give feedback on the park’s latest developments and also help with the planning of future attractions.

Last week as they turned up for duty, they toured the attraction, took part in a meeting, went through the staff induction, and tested out some of the rides in the new Nickelodeon Land.

They were also able to taste food from new catering units and were issued with their own branded uniforms and staff ID badges.

All the youngsters were hand-picked from hundreds of applications to sit on the board by Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson.

She said: “It was fantastic to welcome the new members of Junior Board, they all looked so eager to get started.

“We were the first amusement park to implement a Junior Board and their input will help develop the future of the attraction. It will also be a great experience for them and a very welcome addition to their CVs. I hope they all enjoyed their first board meeting. One day they could be making decisions at an executive level should they chose a career in the industry.”

At the next meeting, to be held during the summer holidays, they will be asked to give feedback on what they thought of their experience.

They will also work on a number of projects to help shape the future of the attraction. They will meet three times a year and members can sit on the Junior Board until they are 16.

All members receive a season pass entitling them to unlimited riding and visits to Pleasure Beach Blackpool.