Over almost 90 years of history, plenty of people will have ridden the length of Blackpool’s Big Dipper... but no-one’s done it quite like this.
A father and son team took on a rollercoaster of a challenge to raise funds for a charity trip – by walking the entire length of the Pleasure Beach ride.
Josh Bromilow and dad Andy took the walk on the wild side yesterday morning when they trekked their way around the safety walkway on the side of the ride, which turns 90 years old this month.
Josh, 14, a pupil at Highfield Humanities College, thought up the challenge to raise money so he can go on a school trip to India next year. He needs to raise around £1,500 to fund the trip.
And while for Andy, who works in the maintenance department at the Pleasure Beach, scaling the dizzy heights of the ride is something he is used to doing on a regular basis, Josh admitted he found it a little more difficult initially.
Josh, from Johnsville Avenue, South Shore, said: “I was quite nervous at first going up it but the hardest bit would have to be going down.
“The idea came about as a fund-raiser for a charity called the International Learning Movement. If I can raise £1,500 then we can go to India.”
Andy, 48, was there to help Josh along every step of the way while he scaled the famous rollercoaster. He said: “I’m glad we got the nice weather for it. It was a very nice walk and he did very well.
“I was a bit nervous for him because he had never done it before but he loves to rise to a challenge. I was purely there for safety and a bit of encouragement.
“When he got selected for the school I was really thrilled for him because it’s the trip of a lifetime.”