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‘All those summers of memories, look what they have done’ - outrage after Fritton Lake fort torched

PUBLISHED: 09:33 02 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:48 02 November 2018

Fire at Fritton Lake

Fire at Fritton Lake

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Dramatic photographs of a popular adventure fort being burned down have sparked outrage on social media.

The pictures show the fun fort at Fritton Lake on the A143 between Great Yarmouth and Beccles, engulfed in flames.

Social media users have been quick to condemn the destruction, tagging it “a disgrace.”

Fritton Lake, part of the Somerleyton Estate owned by Lord and Lady Somerleyton, has been a popular outdoor destination for families for decades, with the fun fort and its snake-head slides forming the backdrop to hundreds of happy family snaps.

A spokesman for the estate said the apparatus was beyond repair.

Fire at Fritton LakeFire at Fritton Lake

He said: “The wooden climbing frame was burnt last week, the main reason was because it was due to be replaced next year with a new improved adventure play area.

“Every year the facilities go through a health and safety inspection and the wooden structure passed this year after some repair, so was safe for the season.

“However, it was identified that it would need cost prohibitive maintenance/repair in the future and the construction ruled out completely dismantling it – although I believe what parts could be reused were removed.

“It was not a public event but some staff were there as far as I’m aware.”

Sharing the photographs on Facebook, Great Yarmouth scrap metal merchant Leon Docwra tagged the destruction “a disgrace.”

He said the way the fort was being disposed of was an insult to the thousands of people who had paid to visit over the years.

Instead, he said, it should have been offered to another organisation to rebuild and refurbish or at least donated as firewood to the needy.

“It is a shame and it could have been used in other ways,” he said.

“While it is their private property and they can do what they like there could have been so many people the could have benefited.”

Mr Docwra, 43, said he enjoyed days out at Fritton Lake as a child and with his own family.

Many people held the attraction in high affection, he added, and were upset to see it go up in flames.

People reacted angrily on social media saying they were shocked by the images.

Kelly Harper said: “All those summers of memories, look what they have done. It’s such a shame.”

Many felt it was a further snub by the park, which earlier this year caused controversy when it banned picnics.

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