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Pleasure beach 5 fee introduced

The Big One at Blackpool
Entry to the park has been free since it opened in 1896

A 5 entry fee has been introduced at Blackpool Pleasure Beach for the first time in its history.

Visitors to the park will now have to buy either an unlimited ride wristband or a 5 pass.

The Freedom Pass includes access to the Pleasure Beach Express, Chinese Puzzle Maze and certain shows.

The changes were brought in on Saturday, when the famous Lancashire park opened for the first weekend of the 2009 season.

Millions of people go to the pleasure beach each year.

Visitors have enjoyed free entry since it opened more than 100 years ago in 1896.

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