The new owner of Brean Leisure Park’s fun park has this week said he hopes to grow the facilities in coming years.

Phil Booth, a former Wales international rugby player, has just taken over the popular Fun City complex at Brean Leisure Park.

He already owns two thriving hotels and a night club in Wales and says he is looking forward to further developing the Brean park.

“I’ve always been looking to get into this industry when the right opportunity came along and am delighted to be taking on this growing business,” he told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week.

“Brean Fun City is already a well-established site and I’m looking forward to helping it further grow.”

“We will be keeping the Sooty and Sweep brand which are already very popular here and I hope we can further increase the Sooty attractions in the years to come.”

“It’s early days yet but I also intend to grow the other attractions here in time. We want to make the park even more of a year-round attraction with rides for all ages.”

Phil and his business partner Dermot Mullins have put in place a management team at the park and hope to take on further staff as the park grows in future.

“We hope to add exciting new attractions each season but at the same time we know we are never going to rival Thorpe Park or Alton Towers. Being so close to Burnham and Weston we want to work with the two resorts and local businesses to help us all grow.”

The fun park, which was bought for an undisclosed sum, has increased the frequency of its regular fireworks displays to weekly shows every Saturday night over the summer season.

“I have had great support from the people of Brean, including from the existing staff here, local businesses and holidaymakers. As a new guest to Brean, I have been welcomed with open arms,” he added.