The boss of the firm behind Blackpool’s new £16.25m rollercoaster has promised to deliver the ‘best in the world’ when the ride opens in 2018.
Roland Mack is the head of Mack Rides, a German family-run firm with long-standing links to the Pleasure Beach.
The company built the Avalanche in 1988 and has now set out ambitious plans for a huge new double launch coaster – the first of its kind in the UK.
“We’ve known each other for so many years,” said Mr Mack. “We know they need the best in the world and we will deliver the best in the world.
“It all comes together, friendship, state of the art, a brand new ride and a fantastic new attraction for Blackpool Pleasure Beach.”
The Mack family are excited to once again be working at the Pleasure Beach, a park they say is ‘revered’ in the rollercoaster community.
And Blackpool’s tourism and civic leaders can’t wait for the new ride, so far just named Construction 2018, to open.
Clare Smith is head of hoteliers group Stay Blackpool.
She said: “It’s marvellous, it’s brilliant news.
“A new rollercoaster is good for locals, good for visitors.
“It can drive trade into the town.
“People will come to ride a new rollercoaster, maybe people who haven’t visited for a while.
“It’s a big investment and it shows Amanda Thompson and the Pleasure Beach have confidence in Blackpool.”
And Coun Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, has already staked her place in the queue to climb aboard.
She said: “We’re thrilled to hear about the new ride teaser at Blackpool Pleasure in 2018.
“It’s great to see continued investment into the town and it is always welcome as it improves the town’s offer to tourists and residents, this in turn helps to boost the local economy and creates new job opportunities.
“I’ll look forward to trying out the new ride in 2018.”
Coun Tony Williams, leader of the Conservative group on Blackpool Council, was less excited about taking a ride – but welcomed the investment.
He said: “It’s always good to see the Pleasure Beach investing in Blackpool.
“I’m not a rollercoaster man myself, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of people wanting to give this one a go.”