Papa’s Fish & Chips hopes to raise £250,000 to rescue a 114-year-old carousel after it was bought in error in an online auction.
The fish and chip restaurant has set up a Go Fund Me
page to buy Cleethorpes Carousel and keep it in the seaside resort, ideally alongside its restaurant on Cleethorpes Pier.
The iconic ride was apparently bought by mistake when an online bidder is said to have closed his browser but instead made a £180,000 bid for the attraction. With no other bidders, he was successful but with fees and VAT the final price tag rose to £245,000.
Prestige Auctions has said it will withdraw the bid but only if a replacement buyer is found.
If Papa’s reaches its target it hopes to find the carousel a suitable home in Cleethorpes, where it will be accessible to the public. It says it will donate all future profits made from the operation of the carousel to charitable causes in the local community.
Dino Papadamou, who owns Papa’s with his brother George and father Sid, is leading the campaign. He comments: “We just want to help save the carousel and have something that can permanently raise money for charity. It’s nice to give back to the local community.”
With Cleethorpes boasting an estimated population of 40,000, it would take a donation of just over £6 per person to raise the money required. The fund currently stands at just over £500.
Everyone that donates more than £10 will receive a free ride on the carousel once re-homed and operational.
The carousel was a popular feature at Pleasure Island, a theme park which opened in 1993 and closed in 2016.