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Flambards Sold

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 10th December 2013 (Updated 3:44pm 10th December 2013)

After a rollercoaster ride - Flambards will reopen.

The Helston attraction has been sold - after going into administration.

It has been bought by a company run by a former boss at the Eden Project.

Ian Cunningham says the main attraction will be ready to reopen at Easter after being refurbished. One to eleven play centre which shares the site will remain open all year.

But there is no word yet on what will happen to the nineteen staff who lost their jobs last month.

The park has been in the same family since it was set up in 1976.

Ian Cunningham said: “We’re delighted to be able to officially announce the acquisition of Flambards

“Great leisure opportunities are hard to find and so we’re very excited to have been able to acquire such a fantastic park with so much opportunity.

“Our aim is to develop the park and museums and to invest in the good work of the last few years,” he added.  

Prior to setting up Livingstone Leisure with business partner Michael Enright, Ian Cunningham was the UK managing director of Spanish-based Aspro Ocio.

He also co-founded Blue Reef Leisure Ltd which owned and operated four aquariums in the UK and was operations director at the Eden Project.

“Michael and I decided to set up Livingstone Leisure Ltd after identifying opportunities in the visitor attraction sector,” said Ian.

“Flambards is the second attraction in what we plan will be a series of new acquisitions over the coming years. We are currently in negotiations with a number of other leisure-based businesses,” he added.

Livingstone Leisure Ltd was formed in 2010 to acquire day visitor attractions and create new build opportunities. The company also provides management contracts to existing owners and consultancy services to the visitor attraction industry.

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