23 April 2020 – M&D’s, Scotland’s biggest theme park, announced it has gone into administration. In a short statement posted on their website and social media, the park said,
“We can confirm that Michelle Elliot and Stuart Robb of Leonard Curtis have today been appointed administrators of M&D Leisure Ltd.
It has been a challenging few years and we have worked really hard to try to diversify and keep the business afloat. Like many leisure businesses, the plans we had for the 2020 season have had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.
We explored all options to try and safeguard the business and jobs of our colleagues, many of whom are longstanding, however it is with a heavy heart that we are having to make 165 employees redundant.”
In April, the UK Government announced emergency financial plans to assist business and employers during the Covid-19 pandemic, although this was not clearly enough to save M&Ds. The park did suffer negative publicity on six occasions between 2009-2016 due to accidents, although it did promisingly announce plans to expand in 2018 which never came to light.
M&Ds opened in 1996 and most of the attractions were travelling rides owned by showmen Mathew and Douglass Taylor, from whom the park gets it’s name.
For those who enjoy a bit of nostalgia, here is a video from CoasterForce’s visit in 2008.