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New man at Flambards has sights set on success

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

By Lyn Barton, WMN reporter, Twitter: @BartonLyn

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Richard Smith, the new general manager of Flambards

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The new man at the helm of a Cornish theme park rescued from administration last year said he was relishing the challenge of running the famous visitor attraction.

Richard Smith, from St Newlyn East, has taken over as general manager of Flambards, near Helston and said it will open for a new season next month.

“Flambards is such a familiar name and has been a key part of Cornish tourism ever since it first opened back in 1976,” he said.

“For me to now have the opportunity to be part of the team here at Flambards really is a dream come true.

“My aim is to build on the park’s many successes providing a whole new generation of visitors an amazing day out and encourage existing visitors to come back again and again.”

Based in Cornwall for more than a decade, Mr Smith has a wealth of experience working within the visitor attraction industry having previously worked as operations director of Blue Reef Leisure, owners of the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay.

The theme park, which offers a series of rides and attractions, and has been run by the Kingsford Hale family since it opened in 1976.

It was put up for sale last May and finally bought in November by Livingstone Leisure Ltd, which is run by entrepreneur Ian Cunningham.

Flambards will fully re-open to the public on Saturday, April 5.

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