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Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:05 pm
by ocean
Hi all, my name is Amy Walton, I lived on site because my dad was head trainer in the dolphinarium (Steve Walton). I had the best days of my life in that park, as I was around 9 or 10 years old. Me and the other kids on the park would realy drive the workers mad (sorry guys), we were very cheecky kids, and the worst part of it was if you lived on the park it ment you perents were head of there departments which was very hard on all our perents because we would run wild around the park. :oops:

I remeber in the mansion lived Terry Nutkins, I would play with his kids, and remember living on my round about just behind the ARK, on my street was Ginger and I played with his sun steven beedel, then there was Peter White head, my brother hung around with his kid Chris, I never, because he didnt like girls, there was also Steve Richards who I would play with his son Phillip. There was also George rodgers and his wife Cindy, I hung out with there kids Emma and Vicky, wauw I know others but I dont want to send you all to sleep. If any one worked in the kids farm when it was at the top of the park, do you remember a little girl always hanging around wantting to help out, or in the education center at the bottom of the park. It was me, sorry to have botherd you!!!! :?

Well after travelling and working all around europe I am now a dolphin trainer in Antibes France marinland I followed in my dads foot steps, I have the pleasure of often meeting up with David Taylor when he comes to do check ups on the animals. Im am now 24 and not a day goes by when i dont think about that Park and how lucky i was as to grow up in such a place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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so this is winni

Hi

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:18 am
by tiger1
Hello Ocean.
I doubt you'll remember me but i too lived at the park. I lived in the flats at the top of the yard with Claire Beastall and "Zippy" and John Foster and a bunch of others, remember them? My name is Colin, "Clubby" as i was much better known. I was deputy head of carnivores and worked on 3 gate with "Gunner". Your dad might remember me. I met David Lindsey not long ago. He came to a Sealion tag being held at West Midland Safari Park last year. Thats where i am now as Senior Deputy Warden. Which sealife park are you working now? Do you remember your baby rabbits going missing one by one?? I'll tell you about that another day!! Anyway. Bet you got loads of stories from the park eh. Good to see you on the site.
"Clubby"

my rabbits!!!

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:03 pm
by ocean
Hay Tiger :P Hold on a sec, i would love to know the rabbit story hahahah!!! I have lots of stories!! Do you ever rememebr a lade called Chris think his nick name was Spam or somthing :shock: , I remeber him walking around our roundabout with dead rabbits atached to his waste, and i just cried :cry: because i lost my rabbits and i thought he killed them, I think he used to work with the birds of pray. I am working in Marinland France antibes, im training sealions and dolphins!! That sealion tag sounds intresting what sthat all about. :P

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:43 am
by falkor
c'mon TIGER1 spill on the rabbits and WELCOME OCEAN :mrgreen: great to have you here girl!!

Rabbits

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:36 pm
by ocean
Thanks for the support Falker!!!! Come on tell me about my rabbits hahahahahahahahha.
I have another one, maybe it was the big white one I had but some one killed it along with my little brown one, come on man what did you guys do with my rabbits?????, Did you have a nice supper or somthing hahahaha.

Rabbits

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 5:54 pm
by tiger1
Well. What can i say about the rabbits. All i can let on is that my cat was pretty well fed for a few days!!! Sorry Ocean. I had no idea where he was getting them from at the time but he would jump in through the window with a little rabbit kitten. Every night for a few days. It wasn't until about a week later i learn'd he was nicking them from your garden. I didn't have the heart to tell anyone my cat did it. Sorry dude!! The truth is out after all these years. Hope you can forgive me, and my cat. His name was "Gizmo" and he has passed away himself now, well fed!! Thanks. !?!

whos been eating me rabbits??????????

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:57 pm
by ocean
Good man Tiger 1 for bringing that story out after all them years!! Bet you fell better now dont you? I was never really fond of rabbits any way :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: , only had them because my parents wouldnt let me have a dog :wink:
Man your cat must have been a little fatty. :twisted:
I am very glad i now know what happend to the rabbits, funny isnt it, how you find things out.
but im still left :cry: :cry: :cry:

Rabbits

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:02 pm
by tiger1
Its a load off my mind i can tell you. Thanks for being so forgiving, hehe. So it wasn't Spam after all eh! Although i do remember him keeping a dead Muntjac in a rabbit cage for his ferrets and birds to feed on!!! strange lad!!!!!!!!!! :?

Spam

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:58 pm
by ocean
Am i correct in thinking Spam never actually liked that nick name? Im sure one of the workers told me and my brother to call him that, and we did!! All we ever got off him were insults with that name :lol: . My brother even fell in the lake at the bottom of the park once when it was frozen over and Spam just laughed. Then again im sure we really did drive the man crazy, we did everyone!! :roll: :!: :!: :b

Spam

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:44 pm
by tiger1
To be honest with you i cant remember. We all called him that and it didn't seem to bother him as i recall. We all had nicknames. Mine was "Clubby" as you know and Gunner used to call your dad "Big Fish" because it used to wind him up. I think he hated it really. Even Gunner had a nickname for his nickname which was "Gonzo". Happy days. You have no idea what it means to reminisc like this. Its bringing back such happy memories. Cheers Ocean.

Im lovin it

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:02 pm
by ocean
I do have lots of stories, and its great for me too to be told all this stuff. I am at the moment working in the same park as Bruse Walton he has no relation to mem but he too worked in windsor with the dolphins, I will tell him about the site, im sure he will be very intrested. ciao for now.

Anyone Remember

Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 2:21 pm
by Carole
Hi, i have read all of your memories and sounds like you all had good ones but can anyone or of course your families remember the actual building of it. My dad Ed Dobbin was there at the very beginning and wondered if anyone had any info on that far back?

Re: Im lovin it

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:22 am
by Berni
ocean wrote:I do have lots of stories, and its great for me too to be told all this stuff. I am at the moment working in the same park as Bruse Walton he has no relation to mem but he too worked in windsor with the dolphins, I will tell him about the site, im sure he will be very intrested. ciao for now.
Hi Ocean, did your dad take over the dolphinarium when Terry moved on? If so I was there at the same time as him. The Steve I remember had a lovely girlfriend but I cant remember her name, could be your mum?

1980

Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 6:25 pm
by ocean
Hi Berni
Not sure if you knew my mum, my dad was steve walton he was head trainer for a while until the park closed, but you said you left the park in 1980 ish, but i was there i think in 1988 or even 1989 so you might have already left, im not sure. My mum was called Cathy, would love to know if you still think its her you knew. Terry who, and were was it you worked :lol: just to know if you dont mind. Bit late on the reply i know sorry but only just saw it.

Re: 1980

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:23 am
by Berni
ocean wrote:Hi Berni
Not sure if you knew my mum, my dad was steve walton he was head trainer for a while until the park closed, but you said you left the park in 1980 ish, but i was there i think in 1988 or even 1989 so you might have already left, im not sure. My mum was called Cathy, would love to know if you still think its her you knew. Terry who, and were was it you worked :lol: just to know if you dont mind. Bit late on the reply i know sorry but only just saw it.
Hi Honey

Terry was in charge of the Dolphinarium/Seaworld at the time I worked there - when he left (just before me I think) Steve who was working there at the time took over. It may be the same guy - I think his girlfriend may have been called Cathy - I am trying to find all my photos and stuff from that time ( I was only about 16 when I left - having started working there at 13) (I think I must have lied about my age). So the photos were mostly of the animals, silly me, I wish I had taken nore of the peeps I worked with. It would have been lovely if that had been your mum cause I remember her as a beautiful warm loving person.