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Carneskys Ghost Train

Carneskys Ghost Train

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A SPOOKY fairground ride has been hailed as one of the best attractions in Britain.

Carneskys Ghost Train in Blackpool was hailed as outstanding by the inspectors from Visit England’s Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Scheme (VAQAS), who toured the ride last week.

The assessor described the ride, which has been at Flagstaff Gardens for two years, as an “impressive addition to the Promenade” which “fully merited” being handed VAQAS accreditation.

The ride’s creator, Marisa Carnesky, said: “This means so much to all the artists, technicians and producers who have worked so hard on making it a truly magical and original experience.

“The project started out as a small independent arts project in 2004 and has grown steadily each year.

“To be recognised like this as an established British attraction of quality is a testament to the dedication of all those who have contributed to its success and a moment of great pride for myself and all the team.”

The ride caused controversy after costing Blackpool Council £285,000 – part of which was covered by grants – when it was installed in the Winter Gardens in 2007.

Its move to the Prom has now seen it turn a profit.

The ghost train will run throughout the Illuminations season.