Sudden closure of a family favourite

Playzone on Colombus Ravine. 121358
Playzone on Colombus Ravine. 121358

A WELL-known family attraction has closed suddenly in Scarborough.

Iron padlocks are now binding the gates closed outside Playzone in Columbus Ravine.

The children’s indoor adventure playground, where hundreds of youngsters across the town have enjoyed birthday parties, has gone into administration.

Families were contacted earlier this week to say bookings are being cancelled, before the business was shut off completely on Wednesday.

The firm, registered as Scarborough Playzone Ltd, was owned by Stephen Galvin and Cath Brunton, who have been unavailable for comment.

Playzone’s phone line is going unanswered and the website has also been withdrawn from the internet.

According to the London Gazette, where administration notices have to be published by law, Batley-based O’Haras were appointed as liquidators on behalf of creditors on January 25 this year.

Agents at O’Haras failed to respond to requests from the Evening News for information about the administration process at Playzone.

Workmen from Nottingham were on site on Wednesday after being called in to clear the stock, fixtures and fittings from the business.

However, they found themselves locked in after the gates were closed with them still inside.

Speaking through the gates to the Evening News, one of the workmen said: “We were just told to come down here and clear out the site.

“We got here and everything was open so we went in to start with our work.

“Next thing we know someone pulls up in a Mercedes, switches all the power off to the building, then padlocks the gates shut.”

Playzone Scarborough Ltd is listed online as owing creditors and bank overdrafts a total of £62,024, with a company net worth of -£86,351 from accounts filed in 2011.

The business was based in part of the old Dennis Printworks off Columbus Ravine. The former printworks was also home to a photo studio and a lighting business, both of which had already left the unit, leaving it now empty.