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Flood-hit karting centre gets back on track

Ian Sedgley at the Formula Karting track on Queens Promenade, Blackpool.

Ian Sedgley at the Formula Karting track on Queens Promenade, Blackpool.

A karting centre which was severely damaged by storms is back in business after a major clean-up operation.

Formula Kart at Queens Promenade in North Shore, was badly hit when a massive tide surged over the sea wall and flooded the basin where the karting circuit is situated.

The former boating pond filled with water and powerful seas uprooted metal containers.

Ian Sedgley, who works at Formula Kart, said: “It was devastating but we don’t make a fuss because we know where we are.

“The sea has come over the top on several occasions. After the big tidal surge in November, it was full to the top with sea water.

“The sea lifted a container from one end of the circuit to the other.

“Each time we just have to clear it and wash it down.”

Owned by Alan Haslehurst, the karting attraction has always had to cope with severe weather conditions.

The attraction was due to open in 2008 but a huge storm, which resulted in the Riverdance Ferry running aground at Anchorsholme, devastated the site. Undaunted, workers managed to get it open for Easter 2008.

The newly refurbished karting track is the longest and fastest of its kind on the Fylde coast.

Mr Sedgley said the venue has been popular as it has adult karts, which have a top speed of 60mph, and children’s karts with a top speed of 40mph.

The karting centre also hosts parties, competitions, corporate and Grand Prix events.

Mr Sedgley said the company is determined to be open for the Easter holidays.

He added: “We have worked jolly hard and now we’re back on track.”

 

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