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Deary still hopes for Horrible Histories theme park

29th October 2009

Bestselling children's writer Terry Deary has revealed that he still intends to open a theme park based on his work.

The author, who created Horrible Histories books such as The Vicious Vikings and The Terrible Tudors, has been planning to open a GBP 130 million tourist attraction in the north-east of England for several years.

However, the project has been beset by problems. It is yet to find a suitable location and the recession has made it difficult to secure investment.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the 63-year-old said his plans have 'stalled' but are not dead and buried.

'It was proving difficult to find people with spare cash, but the feasibility study will go ahead and we'll be ready to start once the recession is over,' Deary explained.

The writer also told the newspaper that he originally intended to open the attraction by 2005, but the current deadline is 'indefinite'.

Deary is keen for his books and his theme park to help educate as well as entertain. In a recent article in BBC History Magazine, he argued that schools are failing to teach the true meaning of history because they rely too heavily on facts.

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