THE Perks Funfair and Entertainment centre in Youghal re-opens its doors to the public tomorrow after Covid-19 ground the “merries and the carousal” to a halt for over four months.
Perks, a playground for locals and day-trippers for decades, re-opens with a whole new philosophy for business.
“Perks has never been closed in its 90 and a half years of history,” says owner Sally Tivy.
“It was really strange to see the rides, the stalls, and the casino empty and idle for so long.
“It was depressing.
“During lockdown, the staff and management thought long and hard how best to operate Perks, accommodating 50 people at a time while still maintaining a fun-filled, magical atmosphere.
“My son Gavin is the new boss of Perks now and he has his own family. Perks is family-owned and caters for families.”
The seaside town of Youghal had to cancel the Ironman event this summer and could do without any more casualties due to the pandemic.
“Families and locals really missed the fun of the fair,” says Sally.
“While we were closed, we spent a lot of time putting essential safety measures in place so that families can enjoy their trip to Perks and enjoy their day trip or their holidays by the seaside,” says Sally.
“People coming to Perks will register at the gate via a clicking system when getting their tickets.
“Perspex barriers and partitions are in place to provide everyone with the correct safety measures laid out by the HSE guidelines so the required social distancing is in place,” says Sally.
“All the staff will wear masks.
“We are really excited to be open for business again,” says Sally.
“Fortunately we have plenty of room to operate the rides and the attractions.
“Our new Redemption game was up and running and ready to go in March.
“I think the game will be very popular with young and old alike. We have 60 new video games ready for action.”
Sally herself was cocooning for much of the lockdown with her husband Philip.
“Philip and I were lucky after cocooning that we could walk the beach front every day,” says Sally.
“We didn’t watch TV until bedtime. We avoided becoming couch potatoes!
“I cleaned out every cupboard and wardrobe in the house!” says Sally.
“I got a rid of a few sparkly dresses.”
A lot of painting was done.
“We took the opportunity to paint and decorate some of the equipment and give Perks a face-lift inside,” says Sally, who started out painting the funfair wagons as a child.
It is upwards and onwards, says Sally.
“We are grateful for everybody who visits us,” says Sally.
She is grateful for her livelihood that provided her and the Tivy family with so much joy over the nine decades.
“I’ve loved that Perks has given so much enjoyment to both young and old over the decades.”