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    That would be Dire Straits Tunnel of Love
    The only thing to look forward to is the past

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossobantam View Post
    used to be a great park/fair at the top of the hill in North Bay, Scarborough...Marvels

    cable car as well. All gone now (and the waterpark that was next to it, and the kids park..Kinderland)...all being developed for apartments

    some sad photos of its current state (nice brochure pictured too though):
    Marvels Amusement Park / Scarborough Water Chute
    and the ongoin saga of the water chute ride
    Marvels Amusement Park / Scarborough Water Chute

    happily the miniature steam railway is still there..takes you out to the Sea Life Centre
    that is sooooo sad seeing those pics. we used to go to Marvels a lot when we were young in th 70's. more recently we took our kids to kinderland. They loved it there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Grunwald View Post
    That would be Dire Straits Tunnel of Love
    I totally forgot that the Spanish City is mentioned in that song! I will dig it out now and have a listen!
    Heaven knows I'm miserable now.

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    I grew up five minutes away from the Spanish City...but I've never been on a rollercoaster or a waltzer in my life. All down to my dad taking me on the big wheel at the SC when I was about 5 and me hating it. I started screaming and I decided there and then that I would never go on any 'big' rides ever again, and I never did! Consequently I missed out on the Corkscrew experience but remember when it first arrived. It was a huge deal!

    I spent lots of time at the Spanish City though. Loved the ghost train and the fun house and the big bumpy slide. Can anybody remember the hillbilly moonshine where you had to shoot things to get the hillbillies to move? One was in a toilet and the door would open on him if you got a hit. There was also a big boiler that would shake and rumble if you hit it but I was a bit scared of that.
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    Just heard on the news that the infamous Hoppings in Newcastle has been scrapped for good this year . There will be some sort of fair there they say, but it will be nothing like the Hoppings. It's the end of an era. It's been going since 1882!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickyvee View Post
    Just heard on the news that the infamous Hoppings in Newcastle has been scrapped for good this year . There will be some sort of fair there they say, but it will be nothing like the Hoppings. It's the end of an era. It's been going since 1882!
    Aye and they might be going to Sunderland
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickyvee View Post
    Just heard on the news that the infamous Hoppings in Newcastle has been scrapped for good this year . There will be some sort of fair there they say, but it will be nothing like the Hoppings. It's the end of an era. It's been going since 1882!
    That's shocking! I loved going to the Town Moor ! Wonder why its being stopped?
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    A bust up over rent and pitch terms apparently. It's the fair people themselves that have decided not to run it following crisis talks with the organisers and council.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickyvee View Post
    A bust up over rent and pitch terms apparently. It's the fair people themselves that have decided not to run it following crisis talks with the organisers and council.
    Well its a real shame that such an institution is coming to an end imo. It'll be the council being greedy i'd imagine! I remember the first time i was taken there, prob 1985. Went every year from then on until about 2003. Always really enjoyed it although it was getting a bit rough with loads of drunken teenagers staggering around!
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    The Spanish city was iconic and took on a new life for us when the metro opened and we could get there so much easier from the west end, Dire Straits's "Tunnel of love" is very reminiscent of those late summer nights for me in the early 80's. (even though I don't remember them having tunnel of love or a ghost train)

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