What are your memories of Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach?

Crowds flock to Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach in September 1980.

Crowds flock to Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach in September 1980. - Credit: Archant

Can you remember visiting Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach in the 80s and 90s? You might recognise some of these photos from our archive.

Pleasure Beach's rollercoaster was first ridden in 1929 as a Scenic Railway for the Colonial Exhibition in Paris, and moved to Great Yarmouth in 1932.

Its trains, which can each take 30 people, are pulled up by a motor-driven chain. The rest of ride relies on gravity and it is controlled by a brakeman riding at the rear of the first car.

The ride is 5,249ft long, and drops 50ft at top speed of 45mph. The main structure is timber, including about 700 upright posts, held together with 8,000 bolts, and lit by 4,600 light bulbs

The 1915 three-abreast gallopers from Savages of King's Lynn have been at the Pleasure Beach since 1954. The ride can carry 60 riders on horses with lime and alder bodies, poplar legs and pine heads with cast iron ears. It was driven by steam, but now runs on electricity. The rods helping the horses gallop were made from waste-end boiler tubes from an old steam engine works.


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What are your memories of Pleasure Beach? You can leave your comments below and email your photos to edward.colman@archant.co.uk if you'd like them to appear in our gallery.

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