Corrigan: Seaside arcades are on the edge

27/07/2011

Seaside operator James Corrigan was quoted in last week’s Sunday Mirror, where he described the arcade industry as being “on the edge”.

Here is the article:

THE lights are going out at Britain’s struggling seaside amusement arcades.

Around 200 have closed in the past four years because of crippling overheads and plummeting profits.

Now changes to the way fruit machines are taxed could kill off the nation’s remaining 500 seaside arcades, say operators.

At the moment, only machines which pay jackpots of £25 or more are taxed.

But other popular machines – such as coin-pushing “penny falls” and crane grabbers – could be subject to new government charges. Industry leaders say the move undermines David Cameron’s pre-election pledge to help seaside firms.

The British Amusement Trade Catering Association said: “This is the last thing we need when the industry is experiencing the worst downturn in its history.”

James Corrigan, who runs an arcade in Scarborough, North Yorks, said the £500million industry is “on the edge”.

“If the arcade goes, so will the cafe, chip shop and other businesses,” he added.

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/07/24/gambling-tax-threatens-to-wipe-out-seaside-slots-115875-23291950/#ixzz1TIJ1PJok

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