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Icon: Pleasure Beach rollercoaster to open on 25 May

Icon, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced that its new launched rollercoaster Icon will open on 25 May.

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Alton Towers refused reduction in business rates

The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers

Alton Towers operator Merlin Entertainments has lost a claim to reduce business rates following the 2015 Smiler accident.

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Vekoma taken over by Japan’s Sansei Technologies

Dutch ride manufacturer Vekoma has been taken over by Japanese counterpart Sansei Technologies.

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Wicker Man: Alton Towers opens ride to the public

Wicker Man, Alton Towers

Alton Towers has opened its new Wicker Man rollercoaster to the public for the first time, following three days of delays due to cold temperatures.

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Wicker Man: Weather delays opening of rollercoaster

Wicker Man, Alton Towers

Alton Towers has been forced to delay the public opening of its new rollercoaster Wicker Man, as sub-zero temperatures swept across the UK.

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Pleasure Island carousel ‘is sold’ despite bid ‘error’

Carousel at Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes

Pleasure Island’s 1904-build carousel ride “is sold” according to auctioneers, despite the winning bidder reportedly claiming to have bid ¬£180,000 in error.

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Icon opening ‘likely to be Spring Bank Holiday’

Icon rollercoaster, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson has said that the new Icon rollercoaster’s opening date is likely to be late May.

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Merlin Entertainments shares rise after 2017 results

Merlin Entertainments logo

Shares in theme park operator Merlin Entertainments closed up more than 9% following publication of the company’s 2017 preliminary financial results.

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