Skegness Marineland (Natureland) Opens

Only about ten complaints from 30,000 visitors, says curator
A BOSTON visitor’s complaint that he had been misled by the notice-board outside the new Regress Marineland, and had gone in expecting to see performing dolphins —in fact, the permanent notice explains quite clearly that the dolphins are due to arrive next year—led to a ” Standard ” interview-visit to the seafront’s newest attraction this week.

The complainant from Boston alleged that he had found similar dissatisfaction among some of the people going round Marine-land while he was there, and that there had been ” a group at the pay-box demanding their money back.” True or false ? Exaggeration or valid criticism ? Without announcing the purpose of the visit, the ” Standard ” sent a reporter up to look around and chat to visitors and officials.
Curator Mr. J. K. B. Yeadon discounted complaints as coming from a very small minority. ” We have had nearly 30,000 visitors already,” he explained, ” and I should not think we have had ten complaints.”
He recounted the story of one man whose children refused to go in the Jungle House ” because it was dark.” (A darkened effect is obtained by using coloured-glass doors and subdued lighting to

show the simulated tropical storm effects to their, best advantage). .’I It was also considered dark in the aquarium,” he added, ” and he had no interest in gardening,
so I don’t suppose he foundmuch for his money.” Admission into Marineland is 2s. 6d. for adults, and Is. 6d. for children. Those under three years of age enter free.
Mr. Yeadon admitted that there were occasionally cases of women and children who refused. to go into the Jungle House because it is dark. ” But if you brighten it up with lights, people will complain that it is ‘tame,’ and that the effect is lost.”
This week a ” talking parrot,” said to be ” straight talking the Florida Keys,” arrived to join the alligators in the Jungle House.He (or is it she ?) is reputed to have an extensive parrot vocubulary.

Negotiations are now taking place for the acquisition of two leopard sharks from the United States, which will be flown over specially to Skegness. These will be part of the planned and promised expansion of the project.
” We have explained to people via the noticeboard outside that the dolphins won’t be here until next year, so it doesn’t mislead anybody,” said Mr. Yeadon.
Among the visitors, our reporter found several on their second visit. (Mr. Yeadon claimed that several people have personally congratulated him on the project, and promised to make return visits.

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Source: Skegness Standard 7th July 1965

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