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Concern over Robin Hood's future

The future of one of Nottingham's major tourist attractions is uncertain after it closed on Monday and Tuesday.

The Tales of Robin Hood has cancelled a school trip for the end of January, but its chief executive would not confirm if the attraction would remain closed.

Ian Walker told the BBC it was not in voluntary liquidation, as was said in a message left with the school.

He spent Tuesday in meetings with accountants and has more meetings scheduled for Wednesday.

Mr Walker said all the options were still open.

A message was left with Lady Bay Primary School on Monday morning, cancelling a trip booked for the end of January because the attraction was in "voluntary liquidation", but Mr Walker told the BBC that was not the case.

'Financial problems'

On Christmas Eve the Tales of Robin Hood announced that it was facing financial problems because it claimed there had been a massive rise in its rent.

The attraction's landlord, the supermarket firm Tesco, said it had written off a six-figure sum as a goodwill gesture and that the rent on the property had not gone up significantly.

The centre said it saw a 500% rise in revenue in both its cafe and shop after opening for free over the Christmas and New Year period.

The Tales of Robin Hood is the only attraction in Nottingham dedicated to the world-famous folk hero and it is estimated to bring in 2m to the city every year.

A total of 40 staff, including 15 full-time employees, would lose their jobs if the centre was to close.



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