Views of ark-rocking mechanics.
Left and below: wobbling steps and machinery located beneath.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ark looks a bit shabby and rough
around the edges, but that adds to its character. As I
write this, the park has been painting the mountain and
some of the characters and animals this season, hence
making the ark and main entrance a bit more eye-appealing.
The Ark will always be a
popular attraction at Blackpool, especially with younger
children who, before they enter the Ark, don’t realize
how dark it can be. You often hear screams coming from
the Ark as groups of young children creep through. Signs
that read "Beware. It’s scary inside" add to their fear.
Blackpool’s Ark will always
have a place in my heart. I remember visiting the attraction
when I was less than 10 years old and have probably been
on it every year since. My first visit involved tears
because of the darkness. My younger daughter first had
a trip through the Ark when she was three --- and it involved
tears too, so we have that in common.
author would like to thank the following people from Blackpool
Sarah Jane Wright – Public Relations
Andy Holt – Park Operations
Ted Lightbrown – Archives
Karen Moss for giving me the walkthrough
Christopher Merritt - Venice ark photo
Also, I’d like to thank Les Tomkinson for the use of his postcards