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The Pleasure Park

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The Pleasure Park
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The Pleasure Park
The Pleasure Park at Aberdeen Beach. The famous Scenic railway can be seen in the background.

In 1929 the Town Council leased John Henry Iles a piece of ground adjoining the sea front for use as an amusement park. The pleasure park was located on the esplanade south of Wellington Road.

Iles' park included rides such as The Caterpillar, The Whip, Water Dodgems, and the Brooklyn Racers (petrol driven cars).

The greatest innovation, however, was the scenic railway which rose to 100 feet in the air at its highest point.

The local press recorded 21,000 children, between 3 and 14 years of age, carried on the ride on the "Kiddies Day" that was held on Saturday 20th August 1932.

The ride was popular throughout the 1930s. It was badly damaged by fire on the night of 5th December 1940 and was subsequently destroyed.

Note the tower of St. Clements Church and the row of tenements, likely those on Wellington Street, in the background.
Aberdeen Beach
Aberdeen Local Studies