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Report - Pontins - Lytham St Annes May2013

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by albino-jay, May 7, 2013.

  1. albino-jay

    albino-jay 28DL Regular User
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    Well there really isn't much to see here, but I can't find any reports of it on here so thought I'd stick one up anyway.

    Admin can delete it, if they feel it's too shit.

    History -

    Fred Pontin opened the first holiday camp in 1946 on the site of a former US World War II army base at Brean Sands in Somerset, gradually expanding his empire to 30 sites at one point.[3]

    In 1978 the company was sold to Coral in a UK£56 million deal. In 1980, Coral (including Pontins) was taken over by Bass Brewing who later disposed of the Pontinental side of the business. In 1987, Pontins was sold to a management buyout team led by Trevor Hemmings, whose construction firm had originally built the holiday centre at Southport. It was sold yet again in 1989, this time to Scottish & Newcastle. Over the next ten years the company closed or sold a number of sites. In a three-year programme in the mid-1990s, the remaining camps were modernised. In 2000 the company, which now owned only eight camps, was sold back to Hemmings. In 2008, the company was sold to Ocean Parcs for £46million.[4] Wall Park holiday centre was not included in the sale, and, in January 2009, Pontin's announced the closure of its Hemsby holiday centre.[5] Pontin's Blackpool in Squires Gate closed in October 2009[6] leaving five parks still trading under the Pontin's brand.

    The Blackpool site closed in 2009 due to a lack of interest from the public, and is currently being demolished. The site is owned by Hemmings and it's apparantly to be developed into housing.

    more info on pontins Pontins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  2. Lescam

    Lescam 28DL Full Member
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    Thanks for sharing this, stayed as a kid in the 60s
     
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