A popular arcade in Lancashire will be closing its doors for the last time after 60 years of trading.

The owners of Harts Amusements arcade on Queen’s Promenade in Blackpool has announced it will close on January 3 next year.

The family run business, which has entertained for generations, has been sold after an impressive 60-year-run marking the end of an era for Blackpool.

The announcement has shocked the community with loyal customers expressing their sadness as well as recounting ‘happy memories’ at the venue.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Harts Amusements said: “Well folks after 60 years, it’s with a heavy heart we have to announce that Harts Amusements has been sold.

“Firstly we would like to take the opportunity to thank our customers, a big thank you to you. Without you, obviously we wouldn’t have a business. The majority of our customers are either local or returning customers from all over the country.

“It has been a pleasure to watch you having so much fun. So many of you first visited us as children and now have brought your own children and grandchildren to visit.

“Next is our team past and present that have worked as part of our family. Some have been with us for over 30 years and has been a pleasure to work with you all.

“For the last 28 years we have become well known for the quality of our donuts. But don’t worry, our family recipe has been passed onto the new owners and they will continue to be the best donuts in Bispham.

“Anyone with outstanding redemption tickets have until the January 3 to redeem them.

“We wish the new owner all the best with their new venture.

“Thank you all again, we wish you all the very best for the future.”