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Weekly bids to save UK mainland’s oldest theme park

A weekly newspaper is campaigning to save the UK mainland’s oldest theme park.

The Northamptonshire Telegraph has thrown its support behind a bid to save Kettering’s Wicksteed Park form closure.

The attraction went into administration with the loss of more than 100 jobs last week, and a fundraising appeal has since been set up to stop it from being closed permanently.

The Telegraph splashed on the appeal on Thursday and included a ‘Save Wicksteed Park’ poster for readers to colour and display to show their support.


Head of print Neil Burkett told HTFP: “When we heard of the financial difficulty that Wicksteed Park was in we had no hesitation in throwing our weight behind the fundraising appeal.

“The park is Kettering’s jewel in the crown and holds a special place in the hearts of so many people, not just those from the town itself.

“Our reporting team played a blinder on the evening the story broke, with reactions, picture galleries, nostalgia pieces and more, and we followed that up with six pages devoted to the story in our print edition.

“Although the appeal has got off to a great start (£100,000 and rising) there’s a long way to go yet but you can be sure we will be behind the campaign every step of the way – our reporters all live and work in the north of the county and understand just how important Wicksteed Park is to our readers.”