History Of Flamingo Land

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It all started in 1961 when the land was bought by Edwin Pentland  Hick, the site was named The Yorkshire Zoological Gardens and covered 9 acres of land. Flamingos were among the first animals to move on the site and later became the reason for the name to change to Flamingo Park.  During the 1960`s a fun fair visited the park, this was a another idea from Hick`s. Amusement rides became a fixed feature to the park and was the first place in Europe to combine a zoo with amusements in one place. The route Hick`s was going down brought more and more visitors and started to be come a popular place. In the late 1960`s the park had another name change, it became Flamingo Park Zoo. During the 1970`s the park had shareholders and changed a few times it also have a revamp and thing its name to Flamingo land and caravans were started to be held on the site.
In 1970 Flamingo Land was loosing money and people thought it would have to close, but Robert Gibb who was a director of Scotia Leisure could see big potential and decided to buy Flamingo land. Gibb set up a team and and the park was back on the map more animals and attractions turned up and more visitors were coming each year, and in 1991 Gibb and the team made some of the biggest changes to the park and installed Thunder Mountain and the famous Bullet.
Robert Gibb died in a accident in 1995 and his son Gordon Gibb who was only 18 had taken control of the park, he became chief executive of Flamingo Land and with the rest of the family. Gordon Gibb carried on with his fathers vision and has improved the park each year bringing in new rides, animals and expanding the holiday resort.