Flambards reportedly sells off popular ride as it closes three more

A theme park ride in Flambards
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A popular theme park in Cornwall has reportedly sold off one of its most popular rides after it announced that three more would also close. Flambards announced on Wednesday (June 5) that it has closed The Thunderbolt, Sky Swinger, SkyForce and The Hornet Rollercoaster rides which are due to leave the site shortly.

It claimed that the ongoing shortage of specialist parts has made the maintenance "increasingly challenging for these rides", so it was forced to make the "difficult decision" to close them. However, it has been claimed that The Thunderbolt, a ride which twists people around and upside down, has been sold to a travelling fair company.

Flambards has said it cannot comment on speculation about a ride being sold but added that the continued challenges the theme park was likely to face as a result of the shortage of parts was a key factor in the decision.

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Furious visitors have taken to social media following the announcement to express their disappointment in the news. Amid speculation that the Thunderbolt has been sold, one person wrote on Facebook: "Flambards say that they can't source parts but have sold [The Thunderbolt] to a travelling fair who must be able to get parts or it would be scrap."

However, a spokesperson for the theme park told CornwallLive: "We cannot comment on any speculation about a ride being sold, however it is accurate to say the ongoing shortage of specialist parts for several of the rides, and the continued challenges this was likely to present to the ability to operate those rides continuously, and consistently, throughout this season and into the future, was a key element in this difficult decision."

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Flambards is set to close on June 10 and only reopen for the summer on July 1 while the site's operators make updates to the park. It first announced on Monday (June 3) that it had reduced the admission price to £12.95 per person for its pink days this week, adding that tickets could be bought online or on arrival at this price. It also said: "If you are a season pass holder, you can collect tokens for a free Kart Track Ride if you visit on these days".

It wasn't until Wednesday (June 5) that the park admitted the full scope of the issue, saying that it is actually "retiring a number of our thrill rides". See the full story here.