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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Jessica Sansome

Blackpool Pleasure Beach responds after Robbie Williams claims he's 'tempted' to buy it

Robbie Williams may be used to life in LA - or Switzerland where he recently moved - but nothing quite beats the charm of the North.

So much so, the former Take That star has claimed he is 'tempted' to purchase Blackpool Pleasure Beach after recalling fond childhood memories of visiting the attraction.

Speaking on Alan Carr's Life's A Beach podcast, Stoke-On-Trent native Robbie said: "We'd go camping in Rhyl or we'd go for the day to Blackpool.

"I always remember, you got 50 pence for [being] the first person to spot Blackpool Tower.

"This is how my fortunes reversed: We'd get on a bus at the Ryan Hall working men's club and they'd put on a day to Blackpool.

"We'd go and rummage around, do whatever we did, and then come back to Stoke-on-Trent and get on with our lives."

Robbie, 47, went on to claim he has been offered the opportunity to buy the seaside attraction.

"A mere 20 years later, the people that own Blackpool Pleasure Beach want to sell me Blackpool Pleasure Beach," he continued.

"I am tempted. It's not ongoing, but I do fancy putting together a consortium of faces - and you [Alan Carr] are one of those...

"I think if a conglomerate of showbiz types got together and sort of revamped Blackpool... do you ever remember when Blackpool was going to be the Monaco of the North?

Robbie was recalling his childhood memories spent at the seaside resort (Manchester Evening News)

"There were huge plans to turn it into casino-ville. I think us end-of-the-pier types should get together, storm the place and reinvigorate Blackpool."

But a spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach has dashed any hope of seeing Robbie whizzing around The Big Dipper anytime soon.

The spokesman from the park told MailOnline : "Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which is wholly owned by the Thompson family has "No Regrets" that Robbie Williams may have "Misunderstood" that "Something Beautiful" like Pleasure Beach is available to buy.

"With a view "Beyond the Sea" from the top of The Big One it's no surprise he is interested, but for now let us entertain you when we reopen for our 125th season on the 12th April.'

"With a view 'Beyond the Sea' from the top of The Big One it's no surprise he is interested, but for now let us entertain you when we reopen for our 125th season on April 12th".

Maybe one day we'll catch Robbie tucking into fish and chips on Blackpool Pier.

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