Blobbyland closed after 13 weeks due to local ‘hatred’ caused by Noel Edmonds

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Mr Blobby, as well all know, haunted the British public via the medium of television during the 90s.

The giant pink beast, covered in yellow spots, was TV legend Noel Edmond's best on-screen friend with the public either loving or hating the character.

From Noel's House Party to . . . well, just about every single BBC show that the creepy character could inject himself into, he was hard to escape.

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He even had a Christmas number one in 1993 with “Mr Blobby” – it spent three weeks at number one, beating Meat Loaf's I Would Do Anything For Love and Take That's Babe, too.

And that ended up with Noel and his company opening up theme parks inspired by Blobby.

But one of those, in Morecambe, lasted just 13 weeks of an initial three year contract, with Noel and Blobby managing to anger an entire local community in the process.

It was based at Happy Mount Park, which opened in the 1920s and was free to all users.

The Blobby park, which opened in 1994 under the Crinkley Bottom name, decided to start charging punters – which was the first strike against it from the locals.

Mr Blobby expert Rhodri, from Mr Blobby Collection, exclusively told the Daily Star:” There was a lot of backlash from the Morecambe community before the park opened.

“Happy Mount Park began in the 1920s and is free to the public, so having a fee for the Crinkley Bottom attraction was an immediate red flag for many people.

“Another issue was the lack of attractions.

“The Crinkley Bottom section of the park predominantly consisted of Mr Blobby’s ‘House by the Sea’ where he would perform live shows, and a Blobby-themed play area."

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Blobbyland, as it was more commonly refereed too, was going to be added to over the years but the local anger was reportedly too great.

Rhodri added: “Their idea was that, during the three-year contract, more attractions would be built, but this of course never got the chance to happen.

“There was very little there for people’s money, especially when the rest of Happy Mount Park was free-entry and offered various entertainment for families. But despite this, the park still drew 75,000 visitors in the first six weeks and a good turn out to the illuminations switch-on which Noel and Mr Blobby hosted.”

That somewhat positive start took a very quick turn for the worse, due to a battle between Lancashire County Council and Noel's company Unique – and it cost the taxpayer around £2 million.

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The local Labour council responded to a huge petition from locals, which reached around 6,000 signatures, calling for it to be closed as it wasn't “value for money” and was not appropriate for the area.

On November 28, they voted to scrap the park by 36-12.

The council blamed Noel and his company for the failure, and accused him of breach of contract – which is how they managed to terminate the agreement.

A legal battle followed, and Edmonds was sued for negligence and misrepresentation after they claimed he did not appear at the park enough to get support.

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However, in 2003, a district auditor's report showed that the council was wrong and had been

“imprudent, irrational and unlawful” in its decision t close it.

The case never made it to court, and Edmonds was given £950,000 in damages.

It cost the council £2.6 million in total.

Edmond's only comment on the matter was: “We wanted people investigated because they cheated the people of Morecambe out of something very significant.

“I thought Morecambe was famous for shrimps, now it's notorious for fudge.”

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And Rhodri recalled: “Residents were sceptical beforehand anyway, so it’s now a rather regretful part of Morecambe’s history.

“Compared with all that Crinkley Bottom at Cricket St Thomas had to offer, it was unlikely to ever reach the same success being such a small venture with little direction.”

Edmonds has since left the UK, and now lives in New Zealand where he no longer gives interviews or comments to British media – although we did reach out to his pervious team for comment.

Mr Blobby said, with tears in his ears: “Blob blob blobblob, blobby blob blob BLOB”.

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