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Pontins: The End?

d_n_s_u

Posted:
1/5/09 at
1:18:49 PM

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Pontins in Blackpool to close

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/blackpoolnews/Plans-on-show-for-homes.4775924.jp

...and Graeme.. Pontins in Hemsby to close???

I heard this on the radio tonight..

Sad days indeed.

Re: Pontins: The End? by Graeme Graeme Profile at 1/6/09 10:25:34 AM

> Pontins in Blackpool to close

> ...and Graeme.. Pontins in Hemsby to close???

> I heard this on the radio tonight..

> Sad days indeed.

Yes indeed. I can't tell you how much Pontins Hemsby meant to me and my family. We went there almost every year when I was young, especially 1985-1990 ish. I believe winged_beast went there too.

I saved up my pocket money all year so that I'd have £10 for each of the 7 days. However, I only ever used to spend about £3, and my older sister would persuade me to give her the rest (she'd spent all hers by midday)! I used to gladly give it all to her, because we had such fun.

We'd be up at the crack of dawn to use the adventure playground (the only thing that was open at that time). At around 9am, the arcade would open and I'd get my "ten tens" (10 x 10p) to spend on Double Dragon. Shortly after we might play crazy golf or pool (we never knew the rules for snooker).

During the day, hiring a bike was a must, as was going swimming. Meeting the celebrities was a big part too. How I treasure doing "Ring-a-Ring of Roses" with Duncan Goodhew. One day the footballer Jimmy Greenhoff staged a "kids vs adults" football match (with him on our side, of course). I lasted about one minute. My sister's autograph said "Well played!" Mine said "Good luck!"

I also got the impression Olympic Judo medallist Brian Jacks was a tad offended when I wanted his assistant's autograph instead of his!

Some days we'd walk in the blistering heat, down the sandy roads to the beach. Here were more arcades than you could shake a stick at. First you'd pass Seacroft (Pontins' other, smaller camp there), then the bakers, then the market.

There were all sorts of odd buildings on the road to the beach, like one with a corridor revealing an indoor swimming pool; a small, fenced-off collection of "ride-on" machines and remote control boats that cost 50p and only lasted a few seconds; and one arcade with a giant slide and mini amusement park out the back.

One day of the week, we'd go on the coach to Great Yarmouth (although that's another story). ;)

At night, we'd go to the ballroom, where the cabaret would be a magician, puppet show (my favourite) or wrestling, where they'd set up the ring together, pretend to be deadly enemies, then deconstruct the ring together afterwards. It's nice to know such evil villains can get on with the heroes when necessary.

The Alan Dennis Band would play Agadoo every night (Do you all want Agadoo?", "No!", "Alright, we'll play it then!"). Once, I couldn't believe it, as the real Black Lace appeared! Seriously, I have the utmost respect for Black Lace, whose music added so much to my holidays.

The night wouldn't be complete without a wander to Reception, which was a long corridor with entrances to the ballroom, restaurant and bar, plus plenty more arcade machines. Here, the warm glow and aroma of onions was the most comforting thing in the world. I'd often get a takeaway, or pay for my little sister to use the "chicken machine", where you'd get an "egg" with a present in.

Most nights, I'd shake with adrenaline as I played the camp's other Double Dragon machine. Once, I ran into the ballroom to tell my parents I'd got to the end of the game! The end! I don't think they shared my excitement, but never mind.

Magic, magic days and nights. I'm not sure we'll see their likes again.

Re: Pontins: The End? by Corkscrew_Foley Corkscrew_Foley Profile at 1/6/09 11:11:49 AM

> Pontins in Blackpool to close

> ...and Graeme.. Pontins in Hemsby to close???

> I heard this on the radio tonight..

> Sad days indeed.

> Yes indeed. I can't tell you how much Pontins Hemsby meant
> to me and my family. We went there almost every year when I
> was young, especially 1985-1990 ish. I believe winged_beast
> went there too.

> I saved up my pocket money all year so that I'd have £10
> for each of the 7 days. However, I only ever used to spend
> about £3, and my older sister would persuade me to give
> her the rest (she'd spent all hers by midday)! I used to
> gladly give it all to her, because we had such fun.

> We'd be up at the crack of dawn to use the adventure
> playground (the only thing that was open at that time). At
> around 9am, the arcade would open and I'd get my "ten
> tens" (10 x 10p) to spend on Double Dragon. Shortly
> after we might play crazy golf or pool (we never knew the
> rules for snooker).

I never quite snooker myself, but I thoroughly enjoy pool, and am good at it--when my head is in the game.

> During the day, hiring a bike was a must, as was going
> swimming. Meeting the celebrities was a big part too. How I
> treasure doing "Ring-a-Ring of Roses" with Duncan
> Goodhew. One day the footballer Jimmy Greenhoff staged a
> "kids vs adults" football match (with him on our
> side, of course). I lasted about one minute. My sister's
> autograph said "Well played!" Mine said
> "Good luck!"

LMAO! Dear boy, expect a razzing email after this. :P Must know, who did Greenhoff play for? The name sounds familiar.

> I also got the impression Olympic Judo medallist Brian
> Jacks was a tad offended when I wanted his assistant's
> autograph instead of his!

Who was his assistant? Some lovely tottie I reckon? ;)

> Some days we'd walk in the blistering heat, down the sandy
> roads to the beach. Here were more arcades than you could
> shake a stick at. First you'd pass Seacroft (Pontins'
> other, smaller camp there), then the bakers, then the
> market.

> There were all sorts of odd buildings on the road to the
> beach, like one with a corridor revealing an indoor
> swimming pool; a small, fenced-off collection of
> "ride-on" machines and remote control boats that
> cost 50p and only lasted a few seconds; and one arcade with
> a giant slide and mini amusement park out the back.

Did you ever go to the mini amusement park?

> One day of the week, we'd go on the coach to Great Yarmouth
> (although that's another story). ;)

You must tell that story.

> At night, we'd go to the ballroom, where the cabaret would
> be a magician, puppet show (my favourite) or wrestling,
> where they'd set up the ring together, pretend to be deadly
> enemies, then deconstruct the ring together afterwards.
> It's nice to know such evil villains can get on with the
> heroes when necessary.

Without sounding like I'm into wrestling too much (because sadly I am), the goodies are called faces, and the villains are heels. Did you ever watch them set the ring up? I have never got to see that.

> The Alan Dennis Band would play Agadoo every night (Do you
> all want Agadoo?", "No!", "Alright,
> we'll play it then!"). Once, I couldn't believe it, as
> the real Black Lace appeared! Seriously, I have the utmost
> respect for Black Lace, whose music added so much to my
> holidays.

Black Lace? Sounds hot... What kind of music was Black Lace, as well as the Alan Dennis Band?

> The night wouldn't be complete without a wander to
> Reception, which was a long corridor with entrances to the
> ballroom, restaurant and bar, plus plenty more arcade
> machines. Here, the warm glow and aroma of onions was the
> most comforting thing in the world. I'd often get a
> takeaway, or pay for my little sister to use the
> "chicken machine", where you'd get an
> "egg" with a present in.

When you say onions, are we talking about onion rings(onion dipped in batter and fried)?

> Most nights, I'd shake with adrenaline as I played the
> camp's other Double Dragon machine. Once, I ran into the
> ballroom to tell my parents I'd got to the end of the game!
> The end! I don't think they shared my excitement, but never
> mind.

Oh my friend, I'm starting to think we were seperated at birth. My mum never shared my excitement with Double Dragon either. So I must ask, which DD game was your fave, and who was your favourite boss?

> Magic, magic days and nights. I'm not sure we'll see their
> likes again.

You have completely thinking of my own youth at jellystone Park(campsite), but it had no rides or anything like that. Ahh nostalgia... :)

Re: Pontins: The End? by Graeme Graeme Profile at 1/6/09 12:03:53 PM

> I never quite snooker myself, but I thoroughly enjoy pool,
> and am good at it--when my head is in the game.

I still can't play either of them! When I meet new friends, they always ask me to play them at pool, and I warn them I'm not very good at it. We play the game and they realise I really can't play pool, and never ask me again!

> LMAO! Dear boy, expect a razzing email after this. :P Must
> know, who did Greenhoff play for? The name sounds familiar.

Ah, well, I could never play football either! According to Wikipedia, Jimmy Greenhoff played for Birmingham, Stoke and even The Reds, Tim!

> Who was his assistant? Some lovely tottie I reckon? ;)

No, it was a bloke! I still have the photograph of Brian Jacks pulling my tricep down (like a sagging muscle - ha, ha), which is arguably a bit too vengeful for a Judo champion.

> Did you ever go to the mini amusement park?

I can't remember, to be honest. I certainly went in (remember, British seaside amusement parks have always been free entry, big or small), but the rides were probably a bit too "adult" and expensive for us at the time. I only remember a giant slide and a few things like waltzers.

> You must tell that story.

It's Great Yarmouth Chronicles on The Magic Eye. :)

> Did you ever watch them set the ring up? I have
> never got to see that.

Yes, anyone sitting in the ballroom could see it. They just prepared the show whilst people got their drinks and listened to the music.

> Black Lace? Sounds hot... What kind of music was Black
> Lace, as well as the Alan Dennis Band?

Black Lace were a brilliant group who did "Agadoo", "Superman", "The Music Man" and others summer songs like that. The Alan Dennis Band was the holiday camp's house band.

> When you say onions, are we talking about onion rings(onion
> dipped in batter and fried)?

Just onions for hot dogs and burgers.

> Oh my friend, I'm starting to think we were seperated at
> birth. My mum never shared my excitement with Double Dragon
> either. So I must ask, which DD game was your fave, and who
> was your favourite boss?

The original was my favourite. When we found the sequel, we could never understand the controls. As for my favourite boss, it's hard to beat the first Abobo that breaks through the wall, but the 2nd type are good too. Then there's the green one, who we called "The Hulk". Obviously, it was exciting to fight Willy as well.

Great Yarmouth Chronicles

Re: Pontins: The End? by Corkscrew_Foley Corkscrew_Foley Profile at 1/6/09 12:51:46 PM

> I never quite snooker myself, but I thoroughly enjoy pool,
> and am good at it--when my head is in the game.

> I still can't play either of them! When I meet new friends,
> they always ask me to play them at pool, and I warn them
> I'm not very good at it. We play the game and they realise
> I really can't play pool, and never ask me again!

Well, it sounds like I have some competition then, no joke. I actually find that when I'm feeling confident, then I'm on my game. Plus with my eyes that are rubbish, I tend to cross them...it's funny, but it works. lol

> LMAO! Dear boy, expect a razzing email after this. :P Must
> know, who did Greenhoff play for? The name sounds familiar.

> Ah, well, I could never play football either! According to
> Wikipedia, Jimmy Greenhoff played for Birmingham, Stoke and
> even The Reds, Tim!

Ah! That's why his name was familiar to me.

> Who was his assistant? Some lovely tottie I reckon? ;)

> No, it was a bloke! I still have the photograph of Brian
> Jacks pulling my tricep down (like a sagging muscle - ha,
> ha), which is arguably a bit too vengeful for a Judo
> champion.

That swine!

> Did you ever go to the mini amusement park?

> I can't remember, to be honest. I certainly went in
> (remember, British seaside amusement parks have always been
> free entry, big or small), but the rides were probably a
> bit too "adult" and expensive for us at the time.
> I only remember a giant slide and a few things like
> waltzers.

Wussed out did you? ;) But it's all good.

> You must tell that story.

> It's Great Yarmouth Chronicles on The Magic Eye. :)

I feel like a goof, once I started reading it, I was like, 'hey I've read this!' Should take up writing as a possible (side) career, just a passing thought.

> Did you ever watch them set the ring up? I have
> never got to see that.

> Yes, anyone sitting in the ballroom could see it. They just
> prepared the show whilst people got their drinks and
> listened to the music.

Well that's pretty cool. When we have shows here, everything is set up, long before the peeps come in. Do you, perhaps, remember of any of the wrestlers?

> Black Lace? Sounds hot... What kind of music was Black
> Lace, as well as the Alan Dennis Band?

> Black Lace were a brilliant group who did
> "Agadoo", "Superman", "The Music
> Man" and others summer songs like that. The Alan
> Dennis Band was the holiday camp's house band.

I'll have to check them out.

> When you say onions, are we talking about onion rings(onion
> dipped in batter and fried)?

> Just onions for hot dogs and burgers.

Just as yummy.

> Oh my friend, I'm starting to think we were seperated at
> birth. My mum never shared my excitement with Double Dragon
> either. So I must ask, which DD game was your fave, and who
> was your favourite boss?

> The original was my favourite. When we found the sequel, we
> could never understand the controls. As for my favourite
> boss, it's hard to beat the first Abobo that breaks through
> the wall, but the 2nd type are good too. Then there's the
> green one, who we called "The Hulk". Obviously,
> it was exciting to fight Willy as well.

Yes, The Revenge was a bit confusing, but I found it odd after awhile, going back to the original, and having to re-adjust. Oy, I can still remember Abobo coming through the wall that first time, and I was like 'what the hell?' I got a right beating that day.

Again, I can see where the Tony Best characters got their inspiration from. ;)

Re: Pontins: The End? by Graeme Graeme Profile at 1/9/09 5:34:48 PM

> Well that's pretty cool. When we have shows here,
> everything is set up, long before the peeps come in. Do
> you, perhaps, remember of any of the wrestlers?

No, sorry, they were basically just a 4-man company, possibly even local.

> Yes, The Revenge was a bit confusing, but I found it odd
> after awhile, going back to the original, and having to
> re-adjust. Oy, I can still remember Abobo coming through
> the wall that first time, and I was like 'what the hell?' I
> got a right beating that day.

I forgot to mention Double Dragon 3 but, of course, the series had run out of magic at that stage. I mean, I had moved on to Camber Sands by then!

Re: Pontins: The End? by britcitchris britcitchris Profile at 1/9/09 5:38:27 PM

Sorry to hear about the closure, Graeme. Sad news.

Double Dragon. Now there was a game that I loved. I remember a friend and I played it through to the end once and it probably cost us several quid between us. Will never forget the brilliant twist at the end of having to fight each other after we defeated the end boss. I can't remember who won though! I really enjoyed the Spectrum version of that game, too. Do you have any other beat em up fave's from that era? Mine would be Golden Axe and Final Fight.

Chris.

Re: Pontins: The End? by Graeme Graeme Profile at 1/9/09 5:46:47 PM

> Sorry to hear about the closure, Graeme. Sad news.

I'm really hoping that the theme and amusement parks served the the Blackpool and Hemsby Pontins camps aren't affected too badly.

> Do you have any other beat em up fave's
> from that era? Mine would be Golden Axe and Final Fight.

Yes, they are firm favourite of mine too, although I loved them on the Megadrive and SNES respectively more than the arcades. The main game that I also loved at the same time as Double Dragon was Bad Dudes vs Dragonninja.

Re: Pontins: The End? by Corkscrew_Foley Corkscrew_Foley Profile at 1/9/09 5:54:00 PM

How could I forget about Bad Dudes and Golden Axe? What made Bad Dudes so cool was that if you were doing two player, one takes the high road, the other the lower one. There were a few levels where you didn't have this luxury, but still good. As for Golden Axe, never had I spent so much money on such a great game! The only one that trumped it was Strider...

Re: Pontins: The End? by britcitchris britcitchris Profile at 1/9/09 6:15:20 PM

Bad Dudes was good fun. I never played Strider in the arcades but loved the Amiga version. It's funny that we're talking retro gaming. I bought a second hand Dreamcast over the hols as I really regretted selling mine, several years ago. I picked up Virtua Striker 2, Virtua Tennis and Sega Rally 2 for it. Sega nirvana, man.

Chris.

Re: Pontins: The End? by Corkscrew_Foley Corkscrew_Foley Profile at 1/12/09 7:26:34 AM

Hahaha, well Chris, what else would we talk about on here? ;) I actually forgot I had my Dreamcast until now.

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Re: Pontins: The End? by Graeme Graeme Profile at 1/12/09 10:49:00 AM

> Hahaha, well Chris, what else would we talk about on here?
> ;) See, now Graeme has to get a Dreamcast, both you and I
> have one (mine's modified, so I have three CDs full of
> Nintendo emulators...including the complete Double Dragon
> series. I actually forgot I had my Dreamcast until now.

Ahem! As if I didn't have a Dreamcast!!!

Re: Pontins: The End? by Corkscrew_Foley Corkscrew_Foley Profile at 1/12/09 9:24:42 PM

My bad, Grazza! See, there we are...the Dreamcast Three...:P