Theme park fans have taken to social media following the closure of the Wild Mouse ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The wooden roller coaster opened in 1958, but has now been dismantled ready to make way for 'future developments'.

Bosses at the Pleasure Beach released this statement:

“After very careful consideration and planning, our current winter work programme has seen the permanent closure and dismantling of the Wild Mouse and the removal of the facade of the former Trauma Tower attractions. This will create an area for future exciting developments.

“Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a constantly evolving amusement park and has been for the past 122 years. The changes it has seen over the years are what has made it the great park it is today. This, coupled with a relatively small amount of space, means that in order to progress and look to the future we occasionally need to alter the landscape of the park to make way for future developments.”

On Twitter, Ryan Nixon wrote: "Honestly, I’m gutted Wild Mouse has left Blackpool Pleasure Beach, it was my favourite coaster in the park!"

John Baird tweeted: "Absolutely gutted @Pleasure_Beach you've demolished #wildmouse. This was an iconic ride and still one of the best in today. New in not always better."

Emma tweeted: "Finding out that the wild mouse has been demolished has already ruined my 2018"

Ryan Kenyon posted: "No one understands how gutted I am that the wild mouse has been demolished in Blackpool Pleasure Beach"