Revealed: New home for Sid the Snake from Pleasurewood Hills - a Great Yarmouth MoT centre
- Credit: Dan Hanton
After years of being the centre of attention at Pleasurewood Hills, Sid the Rattlesnake is set for testing times ahead.
For the giant fibreglass snake that was part of the Lowestoft theme park's Rattlesnake rollercoaster for 30 years will be the face of a Great Yarmouth MoT test centre.
EE Green and Son brought the 6ft reptile for £2,646 at a Pleasurewood Hills auction after the rollercoaster closed down in January.
Money raised in the auction is to be donated towards the theme park's chosen charity East Anglian Children's Hospices.
Bradley Mingay, who works for EE Green and Son, said: 'We chose to purchase the snake as Pleasurewood Hills are a long running customer of ourselves. It's part of the theme park's history and an iconic attraction to the east coast.
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'Currently it is placed in our car park, but in the future we hope to place it on our office block roof.
'Our idea is that as we own the MoT test centre adjacent to our LG Perfect office, we shall erect a sign reading along the lines of 'come here, we can fix your rattle'.
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'It's a big part of the theme park's history and it's great we can still give it purpose despite the rollercoaster closing down.'
The rattlesnake rollercoaster closed down as the ride required refurbishment, but the parts needed were no longer available.
EE Green and Son, which does a range of work including skips, plant hire and demolition, collected the snake from the theme park on Friday.
The firm used its 40ft low-loader trailer and tractor unit and headed down the A47 to its offices on Harfreys Road, Harfreys Industrial Estate.
The slithering sight of a snake staring out the back of the trailer attracted a lot of attention on their journey.
Mr Mingay said: 'It was quite a difficult thing to transport as we didn't want the snake's head to tumble over while we were driving so we took it slowly.
'We had loads of cars beeping at us and people stopping to get a picture of this giant snake staring at them.'