A Northamptonshire theme park has gone into administration - just a year before it's due to celebrate its centenary. Wicksteed Park in Kettering was opened by Charles Wicksteed in 1921. The park is located in the south-east of Kettering, on the western edge of Barton Seagrave village. The company operated the leisure park within Wicksteed Park. In an announcement on their website, the park states the decision to call in administrators comes after the UK Government announced the closure of the hospitality and leisure industry due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Wicksteed said he had been “overwhelmed by messages of support” from people across the UK since launching their appeal. Wicksteed Park Ltd has entered administration and more than 100 jobs have been lost due to the coronavirus pandemic. An appeal to save Wicksteed Park has raised more than £100,000 in just a week as supporters fight to protect the cherished local landmark. Wicksteed Park in Kettering claims to be the oldest theme park on the UK mainland. Wicksteed Park Limited has gone into administration and staff have been laid off, the Northants Telegraph understands. Wicksteed Park in Kettering claims to be the oldest theme park on the UK mainland. Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire, was opened by Charles Wicksteed in 1921. Clergyman and former member of the Communards, Rev Richard Coles, said in a tweet: “Wicksteed Park has gone into administration. Visitors to a theme park have expressed their fondest memories and fears for its future after it fell into administration. It is owned by Wicksteed Charitable Trust, which has backed the formation of a new smaller company with the aim of raising funds to re-open the park. The 99-year-old theme park was put into administration on Monday because of “crippling costs” brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.. Kettering, Northants, UK. The Kettering park is the oldest park of its kind on the UK mainland and one of the oldest in the world. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-53058218 A 99-year-old theme park has gone into administration due to “months of uncertainty and difficulty” from the coronavirus pandemic. Wicksteed Park has gone into administration 1 year short of it's 100th birthday, after struggling due to the lockdown. The park is owned by the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, with the amusement park being run by its trading subsidiary company Wicksteed Park Ltd (replaced by Wicksteed Trading Ltd after going into administration in 2020). Wicksteed Park has unfortunately entered in administration on Monday 15th June, due to hard financial times during the global pandemic of Covid-19 here in the UK. A 99-year-old theme park has gone into administration due to “months of uncertainty and difficulty” from the coronavirus pandemic. 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