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Traders Selling Illegal Goods Arrested
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 5th September 2007 @ 1:31 PM | Filed Under: The Market

Traders Selling Illegal Goods Arrested

Action has been taken against the ongoing problem of illegal cigarette sales in Ingoldmells. A raid on Monday 27th August by HM Revenue and Customs resulted in two gangs being broken up as they were selling the illegal products on a makeshift table on Sea Lane. Three individuals were arrested as a second group fled from the scene; successfully being disrupted from selling to passers-by on one of the busiest days of the year for the resort.

1,920, potentially counterfeit, cigarettes and 2.7kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized on the day by Customs. The gang’s proceeds of approximately £1000 and their car were also confiscated by Police. It’s estimated that around £800 of duty had been lost as the gang had been selling smuggled produce.

The men arrested were interviewed at Skegness Police Station, and released pending an ongoing enquiry into the case. Signs around Ingoldmells Market make it clear that it is illegal to trade produce that hasn’t had full duty paid. Steve Hazell, a spokesman for HMRC said: "Anyone who thinks they are getting a bargain buying cheap cigarettes or tobacco might not realise this illegal trade damages honest businesses in the area, costs billions in lost revenue and lines the pockets of criminals instead of funding public services. If you are tempted to buy cheap smuggled cigarettes remember that you may be funding organized crime. Anyone with information on smuggled goods can contact our confidential hotline on 0800 59 5000."

Post of the Month: August 2007
Posted By Chris on Tuesday 4th September 2007 @ 12:14 AM | Filed Under: IQ News

Post of the Month: August 2007

Is it the track, is it the train, no, it was the “super grease” that was allegedly causing Jubilee Odyssey to operate more smoothly at the beginning of the 2007 season.

Island Quest forum member; Stig said:-
“Perhaps the wheels need a re-greasing. I think a while ago somebody here reported that JO had been given super grease or something? Can't remember whereabouts I saw it though. It might have worn off by now.

After searching rigorously through the Island Quest forums, we couldn’t find any more super grease. Not sure how super, the grease is that Fantasy Island apply to their rides, but something seems to have made a difference. The park’s signature attraction has had noticeably less downtime this season, opening in higher winds and even rain than ever before.

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

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Radio Road Show at Fantasy Island
Posted By Chris on Monday 3rd September 2007 @ 2:19 PM | Filed Under: Events

Radio Road Show at Fantasy Island

Former Radio 1 DJ and Top of the Pops presenter, Mike Read broadcasted from Fantasy Island on Bank Holiday Monday. The Big L road show broadcasted live from Fantasy Island, on a temporary stage where the Safari Train used to be, on 1395AM and Sky Channel 190.

Last year, Mike Read cycled to Skegness in his 500 mile cycle to raise money for Comic Relief. The famous DJ was joined on stage by Smiley Miley, Richard Stroker, Pinkie and Perky and more. Island Quest forum member, Robbogt, captured these images as the event was taking place.

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Botton's Fun Night
Posted By Chris on Sunday 2nd September 2007 @ 1:41 PM | Filed Under: Nearby Attractions

Botton's Fun Night

Botton’s Pleasure Beach is hosting a Fun Night this Saturday, September 8th. The event will be held within Botton’s fairground on the Skegness sea front. A free to enter raffle has a colour TV, portable stereo and cuddly toys up for grabs as well as balloon sculpting, barbeque and free face painting.

Special guest, John Marshall from Lincs Fm, will be presenting the event throughout the evening. As usual, wristbands can be purchased for £8 to ride free on all of the rides* in the park after 5pm ‘til the park closes. A free fireworks display is also planned for the evening.

* Excludes Wild River (£2 per person)

Fantasy Island BIG Weekend
Posted By Chris on Monday 20th August 2007 @ 8:29 PM | Filed Under: Events

Fantasy Island BIG Weekend

The full line-up of acts appearing at Fantasy Island's BIG weekend have been publicised on the official park website. The event is being held over three days between Friday 31st August and Sunday 2nd September 2007. Bananarama, TV’s Bruce Jones and Ray Quinn (who also appeared at the fireworks event earlier this year) are a few of the acts added to the bill that we revealed back in April.

British rock legends, Status Quo will be introduced by Coronation Street actor, Bruce Jones on the first evening. The band have played over 6000 venues in their 42 year long career and more albums hitting the music charts than everyone short of The Rolling Stones.

The range of acts will appear over the three days, the full details are listed below.

Friday 31st August (1630)

Status Quo
Bruce Jones
The Animals

Saturday 1st September (1530)

Girls Aloud
Ben Mills & Ray Quinn (finalists of popular TV show; X Factor)
Booty Luv

Sunday 2nd September (1530)

Go West
Tony Hadley
The Human League

Tickets are available online via (0870 735 5000) or in person from:-
The Market Place Fantasy Island;
Poyntons Shoes Horncastle, Mablethorpe, Skegness;
The Tourist Information Centres Horncastle, Louth, Mabelthorpe, Skegness, Woodhall Spa;
HMV Boston, Lincoln, Grimsby

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