The wheels of a Blackpool ghost train have finally ground to a halt – much to the disappointment of families soaking up the scares of the attraction on its final day.
Families queued up to experience Carnesky’s Ghost Train – the actor-led fright show – in their droves yesterday, but bosses at Blackpool Council have already wielded the axe on the ride.
As reported by The Gazette last week, the Flagstaff Gardens-based show has only pulled in £600 in operating profit since 2010, yet it cost £285,000 of taxpayers’ money to set up in the first place, sparking widespread controversy ever since.
And council bosses have now decided it is time for something new, saying it is no longer financially viable.
Yet news of the closure came as a disappointment to those families paying out for the experience on its final day.
Darren Woodcock, from Poulton, was on the ride with his family, including children Ethan, nine, and Anya, 10.
Mr Woodcock said: “We thought it was pretty good.
“It’s something different and there’s a lot of effort going in to it from the actors.
“It has a lot of different elements to other ghost trains and it’s a shame to see it going.”
Ethan added: “People are always banging on the side of the cars or shouting in your face.
“The actors are all over the place and the costumes and make-up are excellent.”
Georgina Lowrie, 38, of Collyhurst Avenue, South Shore, said: “I thought it was really good. I didn’t think much of the story, but that was because I wasn’t able to pay much attention! It definitely gets your heart beat going.”
Her daughter, Josie Crookes, 17, added: “I wanted to go on it again as soon as I came off.
“The actors were amazing and a shame it is going.”
The attraction was installed in a prime spot, next to the Pleasure Beach and opposite the Sandcastle Waterpark, in 2010 after first opening unsuccessfully in the Winter Gardens in 2008.
It closed for the final time yesterday evening and will now be dismantled, with its artwork set to be redistributed. No decision has yet been made on what will be done on the site.
Thrill-seekers who have buckled themselves in to the ride over the years have seen a range of different stories.
Its final offering centres around the harrowing story of a father searching for his two missing children, who have mysteriously disappeared in the dead of night.
The scares on offer were a hit with families, but the building will soon be dismantled, and its artwork sent to galleries.
Andrea Rickard, 38, of Gretna Crescent, Cleveleys, added: “It will be upsetting to see it go. When family come to visit we always bring them here because places like this still appeal.”