It has been confirmed that Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens have been sold to the Council for a cool £40m and that Merlin Entertainments Group will take over the operation of the Tower after this year’s Illuminations.
The Gasjet claim it as an exclusive but I think we all know which site broke the story first (cheers Dave).
It’s claimed that Merlin will create a new dungeon attraction as well as modernise and rebrand the top of the tower experience and introduce a 4D cinema preview show.
A £5.5million chunk will be immediately pumped into the Winter Gardens to modernise it with a view to bringing in conference business.
Peter Callow and Gordon Marsden are both dancing jigs about it. I just hope a similarly competent operator can be found and installed at the Winter Gardens and I would question how the council can rustle up £5.5m to plough into this scheme yet it is incapable of repairing roads that have been damaged since December.