Grand Pier visitors exceed 500,000
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 November 2010
MORE than 500,000 people have visited Weston's new Grand Pier in the first 19 days since it opened.
The multi-million pound attraction opened its doors to its eagerly-awaiting public on October 23 and the crowds keep on coming.
During half-term up to 20,000 thrill-seekers were trying out the latest rides on the landmark each day and even on what is supposed to be a quiet November day, about 5,000 visit daily.
Attraction co-owner Kerry Michael said: “I am still amazed at the number of people coming to the pier.
“In less than three weeks the figure is colossal.
“To have 5,000 people visit on a quiet November day when the pier would ordinarily be shut, is amazing,”
The most popular attractions so far are proving to be the karting track, crazy house and 4D cinema.
But the ghost train, which broke down in the opening weekend, has not been fixed yet.
Kerry added: “It’s been a matter of trying to catch our breath to be able to look at it and sort out the repairs.
“The problem was a motor in one of the carriages, but I’m confident it will be fixed by this weekend.
“The Formula One simulator has been really popular and the interest in the mirror maze has been incredible.
“The most popular rides are naturally the ones who hold the most people.
“Although rides like the Robocaster and Formula One simulators are constantly in use, they only hold two at a time.”
The pier has already become busy with children’s parties, hosting two or three daily and sometimes more at the weekends.
Somerset Tourism Association’s first annual conference will be held on the landmark on November 19 and The Axentis Michael Memorial Ball will also be held there on November 27 in memory Kerry and Michelle’s father.
Jane Couch will feature in a night of boxing on the pier on December 2 and that will be closely followed by the Miss Great Britain final on December 4.