PLEASURELAND MEMORIES.

PleasurelandMemories[Book: Stephen Copnall – 2005 – 20x26cm – 100 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Pleasureland Amusement Park (Southport, England) has been a major feature of the town’s tourist industry since the 1920s and long before that the seaward side of the town was synonymous with public amusement. This work tells the story of how the park rose from the foreshore sands despite opposition from Southport’s elite. Since then Pleasureland has ridden the roller coaster of change. From the very early promise of being a rival to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach it endured the tribulations of wartime requisition, but bounced back in spectacular fashion in its 1950s heyday. Changing tastes led to a period of decline; however, the park is enjoying renewed success at the dawn of the 21st Century. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.