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Summerland development questioned
Summerland picture courtesy of Manxscenes.com
The government said the site was dangerous
An Isle of Man MHK is pressing the government on the re-development of the Summerland site.

A total of 2m has been allocated to knock down the former entertainment complex in Douglas.

More than 50 holidaymakers died when a fire swept through the seven-storey building in August 1973.

Now it is being redeveloped but Adrian Duggan MHK says the island has already lost a considerable number of family entertainment venues.

Tynwald voted for the demolition of the site last July, as it was dangerous and an eyesore. The site's future use has yet to be decided.

Summerland is on the site of a former villa which was converted into a theatre and ballroom in 1877.

Douglas Corporation bought it in 1964, developing the site as the Summerland Complex which opened in 1971.

The Summerland disaster led to a major change in fire regulations on the Isle of Man and in the UK.

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