PICTURES AND VIDEO: It's ten years since the American Adventure closed - can you remember the popular local theme park?

The American Adventure was a big hit for two decades.
The American Adventure was a big hit for two decades.

It is exactly ten years ago this month that the American Adventure theme park announced it was closing down.

Thousands of local families and children visited the park in its heyday - enjoying a host of rides and attractions which made it an ideal day out when you were growing up.

We've dipped back into our archives to find some pictures and video of the Derbyshire park which opened to huge fanfares and massive crowds in the summer of 1987.

For twenty years, visitors enjoyed a string of white-knuckle rides at the park near Shipley, Ilkeston before in January 2007, it was announced that the American Adventure wouldn't be returning for that summer season.

After its closure, the site fell into dereliction but in 2015 plans to build more than 300 homes and businesses on the site were given the green light.

Here's a pictorial reminder of the American dream...

Children flocked to the park in their thousands in its heyday.

Children flocked to the park in their thousands in its heyday.

The log flume was one of the park's most popular rides.

The log flume was one of the park's most popular rides.

The Missile rollercoaster.

The Missile rollercoaster.

Live Wild West themed shows were a popular attraction.

Live Wild West themed shows were a popular attraction.

Staff at the park got into the American theme.

Staff at the park got into the American theme.

White knuckle rides made the park a big hit with families from across England.

White knuckle rides made the park a big hit with families from across England.

The park went through several name changes between 1987 and 2007.

The park went through several name changes between 1987 and 2007.

The Yankee Clipper pirate ship was another popular ride.

The Yankee Clipper pirate ship was another popular ride.

The rapids ride before its demise.

The rapids ride before its demise.