Popular indoor play area Paul’s Pirates in Wellingborough is to close.
The owner of Paul’s Pirates, Diane Hall, has decided not to renew the lease on the building on the Park Farm industrial estate when it expires on April 12 and the landlord has said he will turn it back into an industrial unit.
Diane said: “I have run Paul’s Pirates for nine years by myself and I can’t cope anymore.
“My parents are getting older and my husband hasn’t been well so I decided not to renew the lease.
“As the landlord wants to turn it back into an industrial unit I can’t sell the business on.
“A couple of people have expressed an interest in buying the pirate ship and putting it somewhere else but it is a question of finding a suitable space.
“I didn’t realise how important we are to people until I said we were closing, people keep telling me how much they will miss visiting.”
Mother-of-two Jessica Merson of Wellingborough said: “When my children were younger – crawling through to five or six – Paul’s Pirates was a perfect place for us to visit and meet friends as it was just the right size in terms of plenty of space to play, but also not too big so the mums could relax with a cuppa and aren’t panicking that children could get lost.
“I have many happy memories of taking my two on maternity leave and weekends, and we’ve had lots of parties there.
“There isn’t anywhere else in Wellingborough so it will be either Kids Play in Kettering, or Riverside Hub or Bezerk in Northampton.
“I’m really sad as I know it’s family-run and the service has always been personal and outstanding.”