Fire at Blackpool!!

Thursday, May 20, 2004 6:23 PM
Folks,

The Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is currently on fire.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/3734277.stm
http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1136223,00.html

Regards,
Richard

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Thursday, May 20, 2004 6:34 PM
Wow, it sounds pretty bad. At least they say it's repairable.
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Thursday, May 20, 2004 6:36 PM
Here's another link --

http://www.bbc.co.uk/lancashire/webcam/index.shtml

Richard

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Thursday, May 20, 2004 11:14 PM
Ugh. I hope everyone got out without any injury. Beyond that it's good news that they're already saying that it's salvageable. You'll have to keep us updated, Richard.

The Grand National was one of my favorite rides when I was at BPB. Sort of like Kennywood's Jack Rabbit and Racer had a love child. A moebius racer with a killer camel back double dip. Good times. It'd be a shame to lose such a unique ride.

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Friday, May 21, 2004 2:51 AM
More -

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/lancashire/3734529.stm

Richard

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Friday, May 21, 2004 4:21 AM
Bummer:(

The Nash was my first coaster and is still my favourite ride at the Pleasure Beach. Hopefully the classic station hasn't been destroyed and we can at least be thankful that the fire wasn't in the main body of the coaster.

-Jim (waiting til it's up and running again before his next visit)

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Friday, May 21, 2004 5:46 AM
What a pity. The Nash station is/was one of the few remaining art-deco coaster stations worldwide. And I think it was the only one in europe anyway. I hope they will rebuild it the way it was.
We can be glad that the park was closed and that the fire did so little harm. I donĀ“t want to imagine a fire in a crowded park that is so packed up with rides.
This bad news just wont stop this year.
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Friday, May 21, 2004 9:44 AM
Aww, that is a shame.

Visited there last year and had a good time despite the drizzle and the HIGH winds.

REALLY enjoyed Avalanche which is unlike anything I have ever ridden. You go up via a chain, but when you get to the top you go down on a half pipe on WHEELS. VERY cool.

Unfortunately, it was so windy, The Big One was closed so I will have to go back someday.

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Friday, May 21, 2004 9:45 AM
News....
http://www.coasterbuzz.com/2004-142-574466.htm
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Friday, May 21, 2004 2:05 PM
TrickTrack,

Don't worry about the station being restored to its former art deco status - the station that burned down was actually only built a few years ago to Emberton's original plans, replacing the station that existed for many years before then. I'm pretty sure they'll get those good old plans out again... :-)

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Friday, May 21, 2004 2:08 PM
Station is totally wrecked. Thank god thats all it was an nobody was hurt. Pics looked pretty amazing!
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Friday, May 21, 2004 4:16 PM
^Where are the pics?
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Friday, May 21, 2004 6:45 PM
I cant list its the arch rival of coasterbuzz.
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Friday, May 21, 2004 11:20 PM
Thanks crashmundo.
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