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Politicians welcome north coast amusement park announcement

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Barrys History Portrush
BT Coleraine

Local politicians have welcomed the news that the North Coast’s premier amusement park will be open for the 2020 season.

In a statement this morning the Trufelli family announced that Barry’s Amusements will open for business as usual and that the business remains for sale as a going concern.

Maurice Bradley MLA was the first to welcome the news from the Trufelli family.

He said “This is good news for Portrush and indeed for NI in general. The opening of Barry’s always signals the start of the summer season for the locals. It will be a welcome boost for traders in the area.

It is pleasing to note that there has been strong interest in the business as a going concern, but as we know, all of these processes take time. In light of the negative press that Portrush has been getting in the past few weeks, this news I hope will shine some positive light on the seaside town.”

Alliance Councillor Chris McCaw also welcomed the announcement “It is great to see a positive story for Portrush after the town has taken so many hits over the last month. At the very least, we have one of our most famous attractions open for 2020 and I hope it will be sold soon as a going concern. I would encourage everyone to visit Portrush this summer and, in particular, for people in the town to shop local and use our local businesses.”

DUP Councillor Philip Anderson said “Barry’s Amusements has been a landmark in Portrush since 1926 so this is welcoming news this morning. I have personal memories of the amusement arcade as I used to help paint the hobby horses and ghost train with my father Bobbie Anderson. Overall, this is great for Portrush”

In November of last year, the Trufelli family announced that they were selling the business as a going concern. Advisory firm Grant Thornton was appointed to find a bidder.

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