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Postby Joker » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:40 pm

Things have changed a little since the days when Chalets were made of cement rendered chicken wire.

This picture was taken before demolition started. Doesn't look like we were the first ones to visit, Now who springs to mind ??? and where are his pictures :D :D

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Postby pushbutton » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:57 am

I just discovered this thread by accident after Aaron happened to pop up on facebook and I asked him if demolition had started yet. He said it had so I thought I'd look to see if there were any photos.

I am amazed how fast they're getting on with it!

Whilst I never stayed at Pontins and have never been a big fan of it, it's still quite sad to see what was clearly a very happy place for many people over numerous generations being reduced to rubble like this.

Admittedly it was not the most visually appealling camp and most of the buildings probably were beyond repair, but it's still sad to see this happening because I know there must be many people to which the site means a lot, and now all their precious memories will have to be just in their minds, and in photos and videos.

Please keep on posting updates Alex and thanks for the ones you've done so far. At this rate I'd guess there'll be nothing left within about a month from now.
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Postby Joker » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:20 pm

This weeks update

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Seems a little strange the plastic sheeting that covered this building last week has been removed.

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Have to give Shad the dog a mention for helping pull me up the dunes as without him I'm sure my back would be worse than it is.

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Postby Joker » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:34 pm

This week I was not the only one checking out the demolition.

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Not quite the same atmosphere as at the Filey site during my 2002 visit.

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Postby pushbutton » Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:31 pm

So practically nothing left besides chalets already then. At this rate it will probably be all rubble by next weeks update, or very close to it. This must be really shocking for those who have fond memories of holidays at Pontins Blackpool.

I'm not quite sure which would be worse, a fast demolition less than a year after the camp closes as in this case, or seeing a camp slowly decay over 20 years like at Filey.

I'm sure both are horrificly upsetting for the camps regulars.
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Postby minehead forever » Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:01 pm

most of the demolishing is being concentrated on the left side of the camp,the right side is fairly untouched at the moment.
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Postby minehead forever » Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:06 pm

seem to remember that the new housing estate will only be using about half the land from the pontins site,so maybe hemmings is having the left side of the camp cleared first so they could start re building.
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Postby Joker » Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:00 pm

The Plans

http://www2.fylde.gov.uk/1/00/03/77/00037725.pdf

I like the Grass strip down the middle ! In case a plane over shoots the runway.

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Postby pushbutton » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:43 am

Ok good to know the left side of the camp is still ok for now, although I dare say probably not for much longer. Does this include the outdoor pool?

Plans look ok I guess, but just houses so nothing exciting really.
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Postby Joker » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:26 am

Andy you spoke too soon !

The demolition is now on the south side of the camp.

Not that many pictures this week as it was blowing a gale, sand flying everywhere.

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This thread has had over 700 views Me, Andy and Paul? (Minehead Forever) and I don't think us 3 are responsible for them all. Don't be shy :) join and give us your thoughts.

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Postby pushbutton » Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:45 am

Looks like by leaving the perimeter chalets till last it would probably look from street level as though everything was more or less ok (closed obviously, but still intact).

If that's the case it could come as a hell of a shock to some people when they demolish those and you can see nothing but wasteland where the camp was!

I'd die if this ever happened to Butlins Minehead.
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Postby minehead forever » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:18 am

pulled up again yesterday to have a nosey,while there some guy stopped and started taking photos of were the old pontins signs used to be,not the chalets or anything just the old signage,then he went on to load a few chunks of tarmac that has been dumped in the old road entrance into the back of his car.i hope if he was after memorabilia the tarmac was off site and not just put there by the contractors.
if i was looking for momentos i'm sure there would be something more special than pieces of tarmac.
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Postby pushbutton » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:23 pm

Just proves that some people have the same high regard for Pontins as we do for Butlins.

One of my most treasured Butlins souvinirs is a piece of broken pool window glass from Filey! To non-Butlin fans it's just a useless bit of broken glass, but I will treasure it forever.
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Postby Joker » Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:21 pm

Wasn't the piles of rubble/tarmac put across the entrances to stop the travelers getting back on the site long before demolition started!

Will have to have a look on eBay for someone local selling "Genuine Pontins Tarmac (VERY RARE)" :)

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Postby explorer » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:03 pm

Here is a video of the pontins site,really sad to see it being demolished.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MftbfNsTL4&feature=fvst
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