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Memories of Blackpool’s Monster Drop slide where kids ‘earned their stripes’


Should you have been a Manchester child rising up within the Nineteen Eighties, there’s an opportunity you holidayed in Blackpool and have been one in all many to tackle the well-known Monster Drop.

Situated at The Professor Peabody’s Playplace within the Winter Gardens’ Olympia Exhibition Corridor, the mega playground was a paradise of pure pleasure for kids. Many will keep in mind it featured rope programs, climbing nets, ball pits, house journey and the large bouncy fortress.

It additionally boasted totally different play areas for various age teams throughout the 4 flooring, with some equipment being pretty tame. The playground was the one of many final childhood experiences – however there’s one unforgettable characteristic many will keep in mind braving and incomes their stipes on.

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The well-known Monster Drop slide was one thing of an excessive sport for kids and looking out again appeared pretty harmful. Solely the courageous amongst our friends would tackle the terrifying but exhilarating slide and it wasn’t unusual to see mother and father in a panic watching their youngsters hanging from the sting by their arms earlier than they let go.

The one technique to the underside was again down the steps in the event you bottled making an attempt the Blackpool slide. However for many who did do the drop, it is one thing they nonetheless keep in mind as we speak.



A Professor Peabody's welcome board can be found in West Coast Cafe in Blackpool
A Professor Peabody’s welcome board could be present in West Coast Cafe in Blackpool

At Professor Peabody’s Playplace, for round £1.75 per head, mother and father might relinquish duty of their baby for a number of hours whereas they chilled out on the cafe – or went to a close-by pub, the MEN beforehand reported. As you went in, a cardboard reduce out of the professor welcomed you to the multi-tiered venue, which was later displayed on the seaside resort’s West Coast Rock Cafe.

The play centre closed its doorways in 2001, however it’s nonetheless remembered fondly. To reminisce once more, our sister paper Lancs Dwell requested readers for his or her recollections of the Monster Drop slide and what they beloved about Professor Peabody’s Playplace, which many from Manchester may also agree.

Many reminisced in regards to the “slide of death” and increase the braveness to have a go. Amanda Alderson stated: “Amazing place! Was so so sad when it closed and my Dad made sure I was well versed in these slides lol!!!! I wish there were more of them!!”

Patricia Curry commented: “Took my lads there, put fear in me on that slide.” Melanie Smith posted: “I remember Mr Peabodys in the 80s..I remember sat at the top of that slide contemplating going down. I was sat there for over an or so but I did not do it. I had a sore coccyx at the time so that was my excuse.”

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Clare Abram wrote: “Loved peabodies, used to sit at the top of the monster drop for ages, hanging on before letting go, it was a scary drop.” Pauline Gowers commented: “That slide was pretty scary. X”



Professor Peabody's Playplace in Blackpool
Inside Professor Peabody’s Playplace in Blackpool

Jane Humphreys posted: “Remember it well sitting on the edge psyching myself up, but once you’d done it was fine, loved it !” Keeley Mulgrew wrote: “Slide of death! I can feel my legs wobble just thinking about it.”

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Kelly Gainer-Bradshaw stated: “God I definitely got stripes on my legs from that…put me off slides for life.” And Victoria Mellor commented: “Got a fair few friction burns on my elbows off that!!!”



Professor Peabody's Playplace in Blackpool
Professor Peabody’s Playplace in Blackpool

While the Monster Drop stays on the centre of many recollections, it wasn’t the one factor on supply at Professor Peabody’s Playplace. Margaret Moore wrote: “Went there when I was young ,remember the slide, and moving stairs you went to put your foot on the step and it would go down. Lots of laughs, also the laughing clown outside and we would laugh with it, it was at the pleasure beach, going back about 65 years.”

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Vicki Dunsmore posted: “Aww loved it there. I never braved the drop slide but was proud of myself climbing over the nets at the top of the roof. I remember the mountain with a rope and footprints you had to climb up and the inflatable tube maze that you crawled through that felt like a wind tunnel. Happy memories.” And Natalie Smith commented: “Lots of fond memories of PPB’s-the space ride, high ropes, photo-flash wall, piano path and the mega slide. Remember sitting at the top many times too scared to drop, but then getting some courage and loving it! was such an iconic play to play, along with Tarzans over wyre.”

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