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Gavin and Stacey fair could close

Barry Island Pleasure Park
The Pleasure Park has been running in Barry Island since 1920

A seaside funfair which has attracted visitors for nearly 90 years, may be forced to close its doors next year due to bad weather putting tourists off.

The Pleasure Park on Barry Island, which features in the BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey, nearly closed in 2008.

But after the Met Office forecast a "barbecue summer" this year, owners Jackie and Ian Rogers, opened their doors again and took on seasonal staff.

However, the bad weather which followed left it "struggling" to survive.

The Pleasure Park, close to the beach, had been a major attraction in the area since 1920.

It used to attract holidaymakers who went to the Butlins holiday camp in Barry Island and after it closed in 1986, it relied on day trippers.

Vanessa from Gavin and Stacey
In Gavin and Stacey, Nessa works in an arcade near the fair

However, with the two previous summers being washouts, Mrs Rogers said they were not attracting visitors, were losing money and nearly closed.

After the Met Office issued a forecast in April, predicting a better summer - hailed as a "barbecue summer" - she said they decided to give the park another go.

But she said this year has become worse than the previous years - with more rain forecast for August meaning business was unlikely to get any better.

"We have been relying every day on a better day than the day before," she said.

There's definitely a threat to our business and I think it's even to an extent that we have got to consider whether we can open next year
Jackie Rogers, the fair's owner

"Our hearts sank [when given the new August forecast] We're really struggling to survive really. It's affected us really badly."

She said they have had to shelve a lot of the plans they had had for the school summer holidays and were concerned about their staff, who relied on seasonal work.

"This is the third year running we would have had bad weather," she said.

"Each year we think it can't be worse than last year and this year's going to top the lot, it looks like."

Mrs Rogers said they had been hoping that the new series of Gavin and Stacey, which is partly filmed in Barry Island and is due to be screened later this year, would have also attracted visitors.

But it may be too late.

"There's definitely a threat to our business and I think it's even to an extent that we have got to consider whether we can open next year. Barry Island Pleasure Park could be no more," she warned.

"It's a big step and last year we almost made that decision because we had two years of losing money and then this year with the promise of a better summer we thought 'right, we will give it another year' and it just doesn't look like it's going to turn up so I know we just can't survive another summer like this."

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