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Let him entertain you: Robbie Williams to buy Blackpool Pleasure Beach?

Robbie Williams still wants to entertain you more than 20 years later, as the singer is considering buying Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

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Robbie Williams was speaking on Alan Carr‘s ‘Life’s A Beach’ podcast when he revealed that he was “tempted” to buy the theme park in Blackpool.

The former Take That star added that he wants to transform the seaside resort into the “Monaco of the North”, assembling a “conglomerate of showbiz types” to “reinvigorate Blackpool”.

Williams is reportedly friends with Amanda Thompson, managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, who tweeted that it was “fab fun fake news”.

Speaking on the podcast, Williams said: “We’d go camping in Rhyl or we’d go for the day to Blackpool. This is how my fortunes reversed.

Amanda Thompson responds on Twitter

“We’d get on a bus at the Ryan Hall working men’s club and they’d put on a day to Blackpool. We’d go and rummage around, do whatever we did, and then come back to Stoke-on-Trent and get on with our lives.

“A mere 20 years later, the people that own Blackpool Pleasure Beach want to sell me Blackpool Pleasure Beach,” added Williams.

“I am tempted. It’s not ongoing, but I do fancy putting together a consortium of faces – and you [Alan Carr] are one of those.

“I think if a conglomerate of showbiz types got together and sort of revamped Blackpool. Do you ever remember when Blackpool was going to be the Monaco of the North?

“There were huge plans to turn it into casino-ville. I think us end-of-the-pier types should get together, storm the place and reinvigorate Blackpool.”

Visitors ‘riding Alan Carr’s Big One’

Responding, Carr joked about the attraction’s biggest coaster, The Big One: “I can see people riding Alan Carr’s Big One, I really can.”

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has not confirmed whether it has offered to sell to Williams, but a spokesperson told Blooloop:

“Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which is wholly owned by the Thompson family has ‘No Regrets’ that Robbie Williams may have ‘Misunderstood’ that ‘Something Beautiful’ like Pleasure Beach is available to buy. 

“With a ‘View Beyond the Sea’ from the top of The Big One it’s no surprise he is interested, but for now let us entertain you when we reopen for our 125th season on the 12th April.”

Meanwhile, Nikal Ltd and Media Invest Entertainment are due to begin a public consultation on the planning application for Blackpool Central’s first phase.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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