Coney Beach Pleasure Park, Porthcawl, south Wales
We take an out of season stroll around a fading funfair
(Photos © urban75, 26th December 2008)
No relation to Coney Island in New York, Coney Beach Pleasure Park is a small amusement park in Porthcawl, dating back to 1920.
The first ride from that time was a Figure Eight wooden roller coaster that managed to keep on operating until 1981. A 'Water Chute' ride on the site also managed a long life, running from 1932 to the mid 1990s.
The park has struggled on through some very lean times, and although we arrived out of season, it looks like it is in need of some investment.
Car park opposite the pleasure park.
Crumbling car park building.
Happy Days hut.
Entrance to the Pleasure Park.
The park faces directly on to the sandy beach, which looked clean and well looked after.
Row of closed shops.
Addition to the menu.
Close up of The Buccaneer.
Hi-Tide cafe. It was noisy but warm - and the cake was nice!
Thursday night is home made pie night!
Get your faggots and peas at Bob's Snack bar.
Sign close up.
Captain Jacob's Cabin.
'The first... the last... the best ice cream'
Jolly Roger Saefood bar.
A look inside the closed fun fair.
The Megablitz ride.
Closed stores inside the fun fair.
Scoops 'setting the standard.'
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