Pleasure Island auction attracts global interest
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Mar 2018
Roll up, roll up.
Viewing starts today for the sale of the century at Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes.
Millions of pounds worth of equipment and stock will be going under the hammer from Wednesday.
After the Grimsby Telegraph exclusively broke the news of the rides and other items for sale interest has snowballed.
The global demand led to more than 700,000 hits on the online auction catalogue on the website of the family-run Grimsby auction house selling the contents of Pleasure Island.
The 114 year old Carousel. The Grimsby Telegraph had a final look around the closed Pleasure Island Theme Park, before ride and items are auctioned in March.
The iconic Cleethorpes theme park closed at the end of the 2016 season after 23 years of business.
Owner of Prestige auctions Grimsby, Carl Vince said: “The response since the Grimsby Telegraph ran the story has been incredible. The Telegraph were the first people we let in.
“The response was unbelievable. Some people are just interested in walking around. Some have memories from the past. Some are serious buyers.
“After the Telegraph ran it other papers got on to it. The response has been fantastic. We have had interest from all over the UK and Europe.
The former Ghost ride.
“It has been a hell of journey for us, given we only set up in July last year. We were notified of the Pleasure Island sale in November and before we knew it we have had TV crews from The One Show and elsewhere wanting to film it.
“It has captured a lot of people’s imagination.”
The Grimsby Telegraph had a final look around the closed Pleasure Island Theme Park, before ride and items are auctioned in March.
Carl added: “I suppose its not every day a theme park goes up for auction. Pleasure Island remains in the hearts of a lot of people. My children, who are now in their 20s are interested in it.
"There are quite a few locally who are out of college or uni and working and are trying to buy a piece of the park to put in the man caves.
Tinkaboo water ride. The Grimsby Telegraph had a final look around the closed Pleasure Island Theme Park, before ride and items are auctioned in March.
“There is the Tinkaboo water ride and sweet factory which cost around £500,000 which we have had to split up and sell as 250 different lots.
“There are a lot locally who want to buy a piece, such as a sign or the cow with the chocolate pot at the back of it.”
Carl said an overall cost is difficult to predict.
Some of the bigger items have reserves on them, including the Carousel.
Pleasure Island closed following the 2016 season (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)
Alongside it will be a host of catering equipment, a JCB and bendy mirrors.
Carl has also heard a whisper a presenter from the BBC Antiques Roadshow may be making an appearance.
There will be viewing between 9am and 5pm today and tomorrow, with the first items auctioned off from 9am on Wednesday. The auction is expected to last two days.