Showman Albert Corrigan dies

A showman pioneer of seafront entertainment in Bridlington has died.

The name of Corrigan has been synonymous with entertainment for generations but it was Albert William Corrigan who, in the 1960s, changed the face of Bridlington's seafront.

He died aged 69 last Thursday at his home in Regent Terrace, Bridlington, of cancer.

Born in Leeds, he grew up in Scarborough, working in the fairground industry for his grandfather Albert senior.

Married to Zandra in 1961, they came to Bridlington in 1963 and redeveloped the Trocadero Restaurant in Esplanade as an amusement arcade and prize bingo.

He was also responsible for the development of what is known as Kiddies Corner on the seafront near Leisure World and for the Astroglide ride, a landmark in the town for around 20 years. He also opened Corrigans Bar and Eatery, which closed more than five years ago, and operated a fun park and arcade in Fleetwood in the 1960s and 70s.

Of his three sons – Albert junior, Shaun and Jarrod – Albert junior and Shaun continue to be involved with the business. His daughter Alexandra now lives in Argentina.

"My father was very much a character and was well known in the industry and the town.

"He was very well respected and many people spoke highly of him as a gentleman. He was very tall, 6ft 5in, and recognisable for his stature," said Shaun.

Many people remember him as an innovator and one of his ideas, but which never came to fruition, was to create a chairlift running from the harbour to Sewerby Park.

Mr Corrigan was a keen golfer and member at Ganton, and liked watching horse-racing and playing snooker.

As well as his wife and children, he also leaves nine grandchildren, a brother Michael and sister Irene. His funeral is at St Martin's-On-The-Hill, Scarborough, on Monday.