Music and prices of the 80s

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THRILL-SEEKERS can head back to the days of big hair and shoulder pads for a unique fun fair.

Organisers of the Tyldesley Wakes are staging a 1980s-themed fun fair by lowering their prices down to the level charged during the era.

And they are hoping the kids of that era now grown and probably with children of their own will come along and enjoy a blast from the past not only on price but also with the music of the 80s.

They are hoping to draw record crowds for the five-day event at Tyldesley Rugby Union Club as well as easing the financial burden on local families planning to attend.

Kurt Hill, whose family business has staged fun fairs since 1901, said: “With so many people short of cash during the recession, we thought we’d go back to the 1980s.

“We’ll be playing music from the era and charging just 50p for rides, compared to the usual £2 price.

“There are more than 20 rides and all of them will be charging 50p.

“In these tough financial times, we want to give the public something to go out for.

“Youngsters can enjoy the rides while their parent can be enjoying the music.

“People have been really shocked when we’ve told them how little they will have to pay.

“The sun is shining on us and we’re hoping it will be a great event.”

Promoters are hoping to attract more than 3,000 fun fair-goers during the event, which will include dodgems, walzers, a ski ride and the hit ride Miami.

Kurt added: “During the 80s, fun fairs were drawing huge numbers. But kids today are more interested in computer games, so we’re going to step back in time.

“But this idea needs support. If we are to keep prices at this level then we need this year’s event to be really successful.”

The Tyldesley Wakes fun fair takes place at Tyldesley Rugby Club, at St George’s Park, Astley Street, Tyldesley from Thursday, May 5 to Monday, May 9.

Opening times are on Thursday and Friday are 5pm to 9.30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 9.30pm, and Monday from 5pm to 9.30pm.