When Blackpool's Big One was the 'Big Boom'

It was the most anticipated new attraction in Blackpool for decades.

Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 5:30 pm
The enormous structure had already changed the Blackpool skyline and now it was set to give a huge boost to tourism of the resort. And it didnt disappoint.

Having taken two years to construct, the Pepsi Max Big One at the Pleasure Beach was all ready for its fanfare opening.

Pleasure Beach bosses celebrated the record-breaking weekend as attendance figures had smashed all previous records with thousands of extra vistors. They topped the 140,000 mark with 30,000 of them riding the Big One.
It was Saturday May 28 1994 and a bank holiday weekend. The Gazette headlines on the Monday shouted out The Big Boom. It had been an enormous success.

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One rider Katy Clowes said it was amazing adding that the whole thing was terrifying but would definitely do it again.
Former Gazette tourism correspondent Craig Fleming was one of the first to ride The Big one.
The station platform for the Pepsi Max Big One, as it was first named.
A youngster checks his height to see if he can experience the thrills of riding the new rollercoaster..
Former Prime Minister John Major views a scaled model of the rollercoaster
During its 30 years, the Big One has been ridden by celebrities like Gary Barlow, Tim Burton and Kate Moss, and has carriages named after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.