Blackpool Tower's much loved adventure playground has been shut for good.
In a surprise decision this morning, Merlin Entertainment - owners of Blackpool Tower - have announced that Jungle Jim's Adventure Playground has closed.
Visitors to the Blackpool Tower website were shocked to find that the attraction, which had been a permanent fixture in the Tower for decades, had had its page on the site removed without warning.
In a press release this morning, the management of the Tower explained that a versatile new "themed entertainment and event suite" will open in August, replacing Jungle Jim's and creating 20 new permanent jobs.
The refurbished space is set to become a 750-capacity venue that can host live events like comedians and singers, as well as conferences and even banquets.
Kenny Mew, General Manager of Blackpool Tower, told the Gazette that he was confident the change would help the iconic landmark "continue to evolve" in its 125th year, and promised and "all singing, all dancing opening" when the venue is completed in August.
He reassured visitors that, while Jungle Jim's might be gone, there were several other play centres in the resort - and that the new Dinosaur Golf attraction would keep kids entertained.
How people on Facebook reacted to the news:
"Gutted, my kids love it there every time we go to Blackpool."
Another said: "Such a shame! Had loads of fun there when I was a kid and was hoping to take my own son in the near future! Hope they make good use of the space!!"
Another agreed that now might be the right time for a revamp, commenting: "the roof has been leaking really bad for a while now...Hopefully it can be fixed and there will be a new attraction put in it's place for kids."