Those theiving little people at the tax office will be grasping their 17.5% in VAT (value added tax) for any amusement ride that you use in Cleethorpes.
Even the donkeys on the beach are rated at 17.5%, as can be seen from this excerpt from Hansard (journal of the House of commons)
"Mr. Michael Brown: Is my hon. Friend aware that I have a question for written answer on the Order Paper for answer next week asking him to clarify the position with regard to zero-rating VAT on pleasure rides? Is he aware that in Cleethorpes people are concerned about whether VAT will be put on donkey rides on Cleethorpes beach? Will he clear up that matter, as those donkey rides are an important part of the local economy?
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: Public transport will continue to be zero rated. Unfortunately, beach donkeys do not constitute public transport, even in Cleethorpes, but at the standard rate of 17.5 per cent. I am sure that they represent excellent value.
I love the line about "even in Cleethorpes".
The owners of a rollercoaster in Blackpool tried to get their ride zero-rated for VAT, claiming it was a form of public transport. The Taxman pointed out that the train returned to the same place, without an intermediate stop - and they won their case in court.
Perhaps the donkey owners ought to offer a one-way service and then a seperate payment to come back ?
Sit beneath the pier, listen to the waves and then dodge the vomit as someone throws up over the railings.
Fondest memory: Losing my virginity on the sand dunes. Then losing someone else's.