Christmas Message 2014

Christmas TreeFirst and foremost at this time of year, we would like to thank everyone who has visited the website, has connected to us (or indeed remains with us) on social media and that has interacted with Ride Rater over the past year.

2014 has been a modest year in terms of additions as the economic recession continues to take hold. Indeed the start of the year saw some of the independent parks continue to record large financial losses.

What has been clear however is that the appetite for the UK theme park industry remains as strong as ever, as is indicated by the level of interest in our articles.

We are continuing to grow as a website and a social media presence, with over 3,000 likes on Facebook and 1,800 followers on Twitter. We have also this year joined Instagram for the first time.

Once again we named our Photographer of the Year, with the accolade this year going to Christian Stokes.

Our group of contributors who work behind the scenes providing research, photography and other media also deserve a special mention.

A special ‘bonjour’ and ‘Joyeux Noël’ is due to the dozens of ride fans joining us from France recently, following successful networking with the Coasters Fans community. A number our fans from the UK have also connected to our French friends as a result, in an example of how mutual cooperation can help anyone.

On this Christmas Eve, we would like to wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.