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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 April, 2003, 12:26 GMT 13:26 UK
Historic ride gears up for summer
The ride is 70 feet high
A Norfolk rollercoaster is being spruced up ready for its 75th summer season.

The ride at Great Yarmouth began life in Paris in 1929, and was moved to the UK three years later.

About 250,000 passengers a year now travel on the 70-feet-high ride at the resort's Pleasure Beach.

A brakeman has to travel in each of the five trains to slow it down on the fastest bends.

Mervin Davies said: "You get an adrenalin rush by just moving round on the coaster all day.

"We've been out in rain before, and people still come along - they love it."

About 250,000 take the ride each year

Albert Jones, managing director, said the ride attracted people from all over the world.

"We've had the American enthusiasts and they gave us an award for how well we'd looked after the ride.

"Then we had to make a promise that we would never remove it from the pleasure beach."

Despite the coaster's advanced years, it is not the world's oldest.

That honour goes to a ride in Copenhagen, Denmark, built in 1914.

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