Theme park to reopen and ex-staff offered new jobs
HUNDREDS of former Pleasure Island employees will be offered their old jobs back before the popular theme park re-opens this weekend.
As reported, all members of staff were told their employment had been terminated on the same day of the shock closure of the popular resort attraction on April 14.
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The Kings Road park remained shut as present managing director, Melanie Wood, held discussions to take over the business, breaking away from Flamingo Land – the major North Yorkshire theme park owned by her brother Gordon Gibb.
Yesterday, as reported on www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk, it was announced a deal had been struck, and ownership had been handed over to DewarSavile Enterprises Limited.
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Mrs Wood remains in place as managing director, meaning that although the business has severed ties with Flamingo Land, a member of the Gibb family, still remains at the helm.
As reported the park was established in 1993 by the late Trevor Pullin and the late Robert Gibb, Mrs Wood's father.
The first challenge for Mrs Wood, who will continue to run the site, will be convincing up to 200 ex-workers to resume their posts for the grand re-opening on Saturday.
She said: "All of the staff who were let go will be contacted in the coming days and offered new jobs. We are hoping to bring back about 150 people and a further 50 or so when the season picks up."
She assured season ticket holders their passes would be valid for the rest of the year.
And, as a thank you for your support, Grimsby Telegraph readers will also be able to take advantage of a special £10 ticket offer, valid on Saturday, Sunday and next Monday, with tokens printed in the paper throughout the week and on bank holiday Monday.
To find out more about her plans for the park – and local reaction to the news – see today's Grimsby Telegraph.