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Post of the Month: September 2007
Posted By Chris on Friday 5th October 2007 @ 11:07 PM | Filed Under: IQ News

Post of the Month: September 2007

Last month, discussion brewed about the next ride that’s likely to be disappearing from Fantasy Island’s skyline. Speculation about the lack of attention being put into replacing the red lights on the top of Absolutely Insane’s towers leading to its demise, sparked debate as to whether the lights actually work or not.

Opinion seems fairly split on whether two of the three lights work or not, but this post from Sherman454 shed some light on the situation:-

“All 3 of them are always on. But the way they are designed you can't tell.”

Just one question Sherman454, if we can’t see them, what are the chances of a pilot?
Now, how many IQ members does it take to change a light bulb?

What are your thoughts? Have your say by logging your mischievous musings over at the Island Quest forums now.

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Absolutely Insane Closes
Posted By Chris on Tuesday 25th September 2007 @ 10:17 PM | Filed Under: Absolutely Insane

Absolutely Insane Closes

After 10 months of downtime, Absolutely Insane reopened after being freshly re-cabled earlier this year. 13 weeks on, Absolutely Insane is out of action once more as one of the first signs that the park is entering the winter off season. Recently the kart has been removed, and the weights have been put into place.

The extensive amount of downtime, caused by deliveries of the wrong parts from American based, thrill ride manufacturer, S&S, inevitably left the park with a major financial loss as one of their three big attractions was left out of action. The future of the ride is unclear, but the re-cabling shows promising signs for the future of the 240ft sky sling.

Sadly, the 2007 season is coming to an end, and this is only the first sign of the forthcoming winter off season. Watch this space for the latest Fantasy Island updates and discuss your experiences, memories, hopes and fears for the park on the Island Quest forums

Thanks to IQ forum member SLY 1 EA.

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Girls Aloud Meet Fan at Big Weekend
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 5th September 2007 @ 3:51 PM | Filed Under: Events

Girls Aloud Meet Fan at Big Weekend

Girls Aloud took to the Big Weekend stage at Fantasy Island on Saturday night. Whilst there, they met six year old, Skye Banks, one of the popular, girl band’s biggest fans. Lawrence Davis, managing director of Conduit Leisure, arranged the meeting with Skye’s idols.

"We met Laurence before the concert and he said it would be possible to go through to meet the group," James Banks, Skye’s father. Along with her grandmother, and her two friends, Denver and Kennedy Perkins, Skye was asked by band members where she was from and how she was enjoying the show. Skye also received a signed photograph of the band. Her father added that "It is every young girls’ dream and Skye has mentioned the meeting to all the family when they have called."

Sue Banks said: "It was fantastic to meet them; Skye was so excited and is really looking forward to telling her friends when she returns to school. This event is a good thing for Fantasy Island and I hope they put more concerts on in the future." The event itself might not have attracted a large crowd, but certainly made one young girl very happy in making her dream come true.

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Tower Gardens Pond Refilled
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 5th September 2007 @ 3:43 PM | Filed Under: Nearby Attractions

Tower Gardens Pond Refilled

Anglian Water and Skegness fire fighters have been refilling the pond in the Tower Gardens. The supply was used in their effort to put out the fire that occurred two weeks ago in the Parade Complex on Grande Parade, Skegness. Carl Lawrence, manager of the Tower Gardens has been observing the situation since the fire, and is grateful for the supply being replenished. Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue have issued a statement that they’re happy to help, and will continue to do so until satisfactory levels are recovered in the pond.

Main article image via Flickr user bigbangballoons

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Talking about Christmas
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 5th September 2007 @ 1:37 PM | Filed Under: Nearby Attractions

Talking about Christmas

It’s that time of year again, well not quite, but Christmas is just around the corner and discussions have been taking place about the Christmas lights and celebrations in Skegness. It was proposed that the council should only pay for one large tree which would stand on Lumley Road whilst requesting businesses to purchase a second tree that normally stands outside the Hildreds Shopping Centre.

However, Coun Gary Ellis, admits to the council judging too soon, and says that both trees will remain for this year, and further decisions would be made in January next year. The Hildreds Shopping Centre, along with the local Hoteliers’ Association supports the town council in organising the Christmas lights and celebrations.

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