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Lasers beam from derelict theme park

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A new attraction has sprouted up from the ruins of a derelict theme park.

An outdoor laser tag centre is picking up on the lost trade of Camelot Theme Park, which was closed by Knights Leisure in 2012.

The medieval-themed attraction closed due to dwindling visitor numbers and has since laid empty.

But part of the site is finding a new lease of life with Saturday morning laser tag bootcamps set up in a mock-warzone within the grounds of the Charnock 
Richard site.

Battlefield Live Pennine was set up by Andy Robinson and his partner Louise Whittaker.

He said: “Someone once described laser tag as an adult game played by kids.

“Laser tag is perceived as being just for indoor use and kids parties next to a bowling alley, but it’s not. Everyone thinks paintball is the adult game but outdoor 
laser tag is very similar to what the military use – non-lethal weapon training – and we have trained body guards with our equipment.

“We host children’s parties, but we also welcome stag and hen parties and with the hotel round the corner it is a great spot for a team building exercise.”

But, despite the success of the site, Andy is concerned the business is at risk from plans 
announced last year by developers Story Homes to build 450 homes on the 47-hectare site.

Andy, who set up the site four years ago when Camelot was still open, said: “This area is still at risk but for now we are alright.

“Funnily enough, we have actually benefitted from the demise of Camelot.

“Thanks to the location right next to the motorway we pick up on a lot of passing trade and no longer have a rival distraction.”

 

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