Ramsgate, the new millionaires' playground, as seen by a new millionaire
Squeezing the news pimple on the arse of Thanet since January 2006
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Pehaps the Matchstick Men were on holiday up north.'MR X'
There but for the grace of godden...
I suppose there is no way of finding out who owns it?
Now, now. I know what you're thinking and as far as I can make out there's absolutely no connection between this fire and the tragic acidents that have occurred on the Ile de Thanet over the years.
This from this morning's Skegness Standard:The Parade Complex is owned by the Bola family, who have put a lot of work into its refurbishment.Spokesperson for the Bola family Geoff Barry said: "The Bola family have put blood sweat and tears in to the Complex and worked 24/7 to get the place to a standard wanted. It is not only the financial implication. They are devastated. He added: "They put a lot of money into the refurbishment to create a company that the town can be proud of."Sounds like the sort of owners that arcades are meant to have...
And then my cynical head over-ruled by happy head and I searched a little further... The Bola brothers from Leicester used to visit Skegness for holidays as children. Now successful businessmen, they have returned to help transform the resort. They have turned a derelict hotel into the Royal Renaissance Hotel and Bollywood Restaurant at a cost of £12m, but their next plans are much more ambitious: a waterfront development and marina. "The marina project is designed to breathe new life into Skegness which needs innovative developments to take it to its next level. I've never been to Skegness, so the Marina is probably in a totally different location to the fire, but doesn't the phrase "innovative developments" have a depressingly familiar tone?(try Googling for Bola + Skegness and see what YOU find...)
The Parade complex is opposite Bottons Pleasure Beach, which unlike the cindered attractions in these parts seems, from their website at least, to be thriving. Probably more holidaymakers in Skeggy than Rammy though.It's all bringing back painful memories of a booking many moons ago at the Derbyshire Miners' holiday camp in Skegness. Never again!
Erm, for the sake of clarity there I meant an entertainment booking. To entertain the miners. Well, in fact they weren't miners, it was the annual conference of the SWP. Who thought they were miners. But were in fact mostly graphic designers from Lewisham.
Well I'm glad we've got that sorted!
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