Three people are injured as circus-style seating collapses at Manchester’s Winter Funland
Families were left fleeing in terror as circus-style seating at Manchester’s Winter Funland event collapsed leaving three injured.
People described hearing a ‘massive bang as seats ‘collapsed underneath people’ at Winter Funland, EventCity in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester.
The circus area was evacuated during the first performance at 6.10pm after a bank of seats collapsed.
Three people were treated by the medical team onsite with no one taken to hospital.
James Moakes and his partner Sofia Gomes were at the event with their two daughters and described seeing an ‘entire bench fall down’ and ‘about 20 seats’ collapse, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service confirmed it was called to the event shortly before 7pm after reports that scaffolding had collapsed.
A statement from Winter Funland on Facebook said: ‘Today at 6.10pm during the first circus performance there was a partial collapse of one bank of seats, fortunately no one was seriously hurt.
‘Three people were assisted by the onsite medical team with no one requiring hospitalisation.
‘An evacuation of the circus area was carried out as per Health and Safety protocol.
‘The emergency services were called and are working alongside our onsite Health and Safety officer to commence an investigation.
‘Winter Funland will be open tomorrow Sunday 15 December for all attractions with the exception of the circus and Christmas show whilst we carry out full safety checks, our first priority is customer safety we thank everyone for their understanding.’
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