Fans of a beloved theme park ride are being given a chance to ride it for one final time before it closes for good – and join a big party to celebrate its final lap.

Pleasure Beach in Blackpool announced in March that Grand Prix would not be opening for the 2024 season to make way for a new attraction in the future.

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While fans were excited about the prospect of a new ride, many were sad to say goodbye to a favourite that provided them with fond memories throughout the years.

Now, a huge ‘closing party’ has been announced for the ride in June, inspired by the Grand Prix 2023 celebrations which took place in Las Vegas in October.

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The night-time event will see both ride and car enthusiasts come together to enjoy memorable performances by local artists and musicians, live DJ sets, and entertainment from Pleasure Beach’s own Grid Girls.

Those who are on Grand Prix’s final ride will receive a commemorative certificate to verify they were one of the last people to go on the iconic ride, as well as a memento ticket.

They will also be able to ride ICON after dark, which launches guests using the same G-Force as a Formula 1 driver before twisting and turning at high speed.

The party area will be taken over by real-life supercars provided by Bispham-based business Elite Competitions, along with Pleasure Beach Resoirt’s Jordan F1 car.

The F1 car was famously ‘driven’ down the Big One, including its 235ft drop, by racing driver Ralph Firman in 2003.

Guests can have their photographs taken with the iconic cars and will be given prosecco on arrival, as well as Grand Prix-themed snacks and food.

Amanda Thompson, CEO of Pleasure Beach Resort, said: “The Grand Prix has been part of the Pleasure Beach family since 1960 when it was introduced by my grandfather. It has a special place in my heart and has provided our guests with cherished memories for many years, so it’s only right we give it a fitting send-off.

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“This event will be a celebration of its legacy and the joy it has brought to generations of visitors, as well as an opportunity to bid a final farewell to such a beloved attraction.

“Whilst it’s sad to say goodby, we’re constantly evolving and reviewing our ride offering, looking at ways to improve and provide even more memorable experiences for our guests.”

The Grand Prix ride first opened in 1960 and has been a family favourite ever since. Originally called the Turnpike, the cars were petrol powered until 2002 when they became powered by electricity.

Grand Prix: The Final Lap takes place on Friday, June 7, from 6pm until late. Tickets can be bought on the Pleasure Beach website.