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The Giant at the entrance!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:51 am
by Boomerang
Here he is in all his glory!! I remember every year my dad would put us up on the giant for a photo! I have to admit that I was always a little afraid of the giant! I'm in the right of that photo. I don't think the second picture needs any introduction! The last picture is taken on the old railway that used to run under the cable cars and down to the beach. I' the one with my head turned around to face the camera. I put up another picture of that (the train) on one of the other discussions. Oh if I ever won the Euro Millions...I would buy the park and happily spend every cent returning the park to it's former glory!!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:16 pm
by Joker
The tops of the plinths that the giant stands on must of been well worn as I to stood in the exact spot you did in the early 70's, like many others did before and after.

My first (and only) encounter with the Boomerang was when a group of us took our kids in 98 and I was the only one willing (or daft enough) to escort a friends daughter on. Now living all my life in Blackpool I'm no stranger to roller coasters in fact I was one of the first to ride the Revolution during testing. But the Boomerang put the fear of god in me, mostly due to the state of the train, padding missing the restraints seemed loose and the whole thing rattled like it was about to fall apart.
Not good for your street cred having to be helped out by an 8 year old.

Here is the Ragin' Cajun as it's now called in its new home at Dixie Landin' Family Theme Park, Louisiana.
LINK

Love the train pictures, it's only the other month that Pushbutton and myself walked the old train route to the beach looking for sings of the good old days. The beach station is now fenced off with a new ramp to the beach and a wooden walkway to connect to the path to the headland.

Joker

PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:12 pm
by Boomerang
I think it was the first year Heaven opened I went back for a few days and did that same walk down the old train track. I know everyone always says "it's such a shame", but I still remember feeling physically sick on that walk. Even now I feel a tear welling up at the thought. I often dream about my holidays there as a kid and could draw a very detailed of the layout of the entire place. Alas, everything moves on. If I ever win the euro millions...!!

Thanks a million for the roller coaster link. I had looked for that many times but I had come to the conclusion that it had just been scrapped! It looks like its in pretty good condition from the pictures I was looking at.

There was another post on the train (that’s what got me started on this site) looking to see if anyone knew where that train went to after Butlins. Any idea? God I love this website!!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:48 pm
by pushbutton
Both the train photo and the boomerang photo gave me a weird feeling. The train photo because as Joker said we were walking on that exact spot just last May, and apart from the obvious lack of a train and removal of the actual track rails, it still looks exactly the same, yet it feels very different because most of the exciting atmosphere has gone.

The boomerang photo in Luoisiana was also strange to see. It looks exactly the same as it did at Butlins Pwllheli and yet it's now so far away from it's true home! Oh well, at least it is still in use so people somewhere can still enjoy it I suppose!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:49 pm
by Boomerang
That was exactly the same for me when I did that walk..weird.. almost like something from a Stephen King novel! Is the track still walkable now? When I was there the track was removed but there were still the stones that the sleepers had been in. I remember going along on the train as a kid a pulling at the grass at the side. I doubt it would take too long for it to become over grown.

Here’s another link to the Boomerang (Ragin' Cajun) in it's new home: http://www.ucs.louisiana.edu/~rhb/ragin-cajun.jpg

It's seems wrong! I have lots of pictures where the Welsh dragon is painted on the front of the coaster and the white stripe is down the side. Who's idea was it to paint it that funny shade of green/blue??

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:56 pm
by Boomerang
Although I has this on another post, I just thought I'd put it up here too!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:02 pm
by Joker
The stones are still used on the path that was the old track bed. Mother Nature has tried to reclaim the path but it is still well used by campers heading for a day on the beach. I'm sure Pushbutton took some photos in May if not I'll see if I did on the visit in 2006

Joker

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:38 am
by Joker
This was 1973

Anyone else want to post pictures of themselves with the Pwllheli giant ?

Joker

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 8:02 am
by crazy520
Well, of course, you can easily have a motorised golf trolley. And not just any old trolley either. Imagine the scenario: you grinning [(LINK REMOVED) from ear to ear in the Sunday morning car park, holding back and waiting until the boss and all your work colleagues have taken their ordinary golf bags (LINK REMOVED) and trolleys from their car boots. Waiting while they dust them off all businesslike, arranging their clubs, ready for the game..ishiner

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 4:38 pm
by Joker
Hmmmm ???

Motorised Golf trolley for a round of Crazy golf seem a little over the top to me :lol:

Joker

Re: The Giant at the entrance!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:56 am
by taffdillon
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!