Coaster challenge to raise trip cash

Teenager Joshua Bromilow and dad Andrew are ready to walk the length of the Pleasure Beach's Big Dipper.
Teenager Joshua Bromilow and dad Andrew are ready to walk the length of the Pleasure Beach's Big Dipper.
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For most teenagers the thrill of being strapped into a rollercoaster and flying round the track is more than enough.

But not if you are 14-year-old Joshua Bromilow.

For the Highfield Humanities College pupil is swapping the relative comfort of a carriage for a harness and attempting to traverse the Big Dipper’s safety walkway in a bid to raise money for a school trip.

Joshua, of Johnsville Avenue, South Shore, is tackling the route with the aim of raising £1,500 to fund a trip to India.

He is being helped along the way by his dad Andrew, 47, an engineer on the Pleasure Beach ride, who will follow him on his challenge.

Joshua said: “We have a trip to Shams National School in India which we need to raise money for. We are doing something together but the majority of it is by ourselves and this is the most unique.

“I’ve liked rollercoasters all my life but it will still be a bit scary to walk around the track.”

Dad Andrew added: “I’m excited for him because it’s a new challenge. He’s wearing a harness and I will be carrying a rescue pack in the event something does happen.”

Joshua will attempt the walk next Wednesday, August 14, nine days before the Big Dipper’s 90th birthday.

Amanda Thomspon, managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said: “We are very much behind Joshua’s fund-raising efforts and wish him every success in achieving his aim for a very worthy cause. “

Visit www.justgiving.com/Joshua-bromilow.

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