VIDEO – Barry Island Pleasure Park

Anyone living in the HTV region during the 1980’s must surely remember this iconic commercial for Barry Island Pleasure Park!

The advert seemed to run for many years and had that familiar theme tune which someone has uploaded to Youtube in all it’s glory.

The advert first aired when Barry Island Pleasure Park had an overhaul launching with new rides including The Log Flume, The Enterprise and The Pirate Ship.

As a child it was like going to Las Vegas and holds a very special place in our hearts (yes Barry!)
The sun always shone, the X99 bus was always packed and took hours to get there – but after a trip to the beach it was always obligatory to queue up for some tokens/tickets and sample the delights of the ‘fairground’.

I’m sure many people will remember the Fun House located in the corner of the plot with it’s Grease-style moving floors and air spouts but once inside there was a large main room complete with a vertical drop from THAT slide which was the most memorable.

I think there was two large slides where you were supposed to use one of those woven sacks to fall down in – to try and avoid any skin burns – but I’m sure no part of your body actually ever made contact with any surface until you were at the very bottom!

From the slides and that spinning roulette wheel – I don’t think much of the activities in the Fun House would be allowed today!

As a kid you heard rumours that the Pirate Ship ‘went all the way around’ on certain occasions – was your turn going to do it? (It never did but that added to the excitement of it all!)
Were you one of the people on The Pirate Ship that got splattered by sick from another passenger? Yes I did see it happen! (If only we had mobile phones back then!)

And this is how Barry Island Pleasure Park now looks at the start of 2014 – entitled ‘No longer occuring’ from Youtube user Crazy High
They have flown a small DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, GO Pro Hero3 Black and Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal around the Pleasure Park site and recorded a really sad trip down memory lane!

The only rides that are now visible are the Log Flume and Haunted Mine (formerly Wacky Gold Mine)
Also look closely for the Frankenstein and the animals left standing in what remains of the Jungle Boat Ride.

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