Popular seafront arcade says a great big thank you

Todd O'Brien at Pleasureland, which celebrates 40 years in Arbroath next week.
Todd O'Brien at Pleasureland, which celebrates 40 years in Arbroath next week.

Next week an institution and family favourite of Arbroath’s entertainment scene will celebrate its 40th anniversary by supporting charity.

O’Brien’s Pleasureland at Arbroath seafront will mark the milestone anniversary on Wednesday, July 8, by hosting a special party which will also help two charities.

From noon until 5pm all entry wristbands will be half price, and from that entry fee £1 will go to the Arbroath Lifeboat and another £1 to Tay FM’s Cash For Kids charity.

There will also be face painting, a big cake, and lots of children’s entertainers, such as clowns.

Todd O’Brien, from Pleasureland, said: “There will also be a big bus load of disadvantaged families coming in to use the place on the day and that’s in connection with Tay FM’s Cash For Kids.

“We like the place to be accessible and value for money, we’ve worked with Cash For Kids for our 30th anniversary.

“We have always been a supporter of the lifeboat and have worked with them the longest out of all the charities.

“We just think it’s a very special thing that Pleasureland has been here for 40 years and I suppose the party is a thank you to all our customers over the years.

“I think it’s quite an achievement to have been an established business to be here for that long, doing what we do.”

And that generational link with Arbroath is a vital connection according to Todd: “I guess that of the kids that came here 40 years ago, some of them will have grandkids now. If they come along that will be kind of special I think.

“Some of the equipment we operate hasn’t actually changed, I like the mix of traditional funfair and more modern equipment as well.”