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Bolt falls from Blackpool Big One rollercoaster

A bolt recently fell from the structure of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Big One rollercoaster, it has emerged. The Sun newspaper quoted a visitor as saying it landed within “inches” or her child.


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Fantasy Island to remain in administration

Fantasy Island will remain in administration until at least February 2016, despite profitable operation in the past year. The amusement park – which includes caravan income and some market income – had losses of £748,000…


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Smiler under design review following collision

The Smiler rollercoaster is undergoing a design review following the collision which seriously injured five people last month. The park’s operators Merlin Entertainments said that they were conducting a third-party review in conjunction with the…


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Lightwater Valley ride activated during checks

Lightwater Valley has dismissed a ride operator who activated a rollercoaster while it was being checked by another employee. Sasha Higgins was inspecting a car on the Treetop Twister ride when another operator dispatched it from the station as…


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Revamp reported for Alton Towers Scarefest

Alton Towers is to undertake a major revamp of its Halloween Scarefest event this year, it has been reported. A press release allegedly obtained by the ScareTour website – but now withdrawn – states that…


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Merlin reprimanded over annual pass sale

Merlin Entertainments has received a reprimand from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following “misleading” marketing of its annual passes. The products were offered in a sale at the end of last year, as part of…


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Saw rollercoaster reopens at Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park has reopened its ‘Saw – The Ride’ rollercoaster, which had remained closed since the Smiler crash at Alton Towers last month. The Gerstlauer-manufactured ride reopened to guests of the Surrey theme park this…


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Spinball ‘walking pace’ collision at Alton Towers

A “walking pace” collision occurred on the Sonic Spinball rollercoaster at Alton Towers on Tuesday, it has emerged. The park described the coming together of two ride cars in the loading station as a “nudge”.