The £6m funding that helped get Icon rolling on time

The Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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Funding from Natwest bank and Lombard helped make sure Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s £16m new ride was up and running ready for the holiday season.

The double launch rollercoaster got an £6m asset finance package from the pair to help cover construction costs.

Chris Thomas, relationship manager at NatWest, said: “After seeing the ride in action, I can say it was well worth the wait.

“From working with Jonathan and the Blackpool Pleasure Beach team, I know there was so much work that went on behind the scenes to ensure the ride was completed on time.”

Jonathan Gray, finance director at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said: “After a long 16 months it is great to see all our hard work pay off.

“The ride’s arrival represents a significant investment for the business, which will not only increase visitor numbers, but cement our position as one of the top leisure destinations in the UK.

The funding and support from NatWest and Lombard enabled us to progress a significant part of the build, and ensured we had the means to have the ride finished on time.”