15:00 Monday 10 February 2014

Alton Towers retires ride of 'torture'

Written byJENNY MOODY

THRILLSEEKERS have bid a final farewell to a popular ride which has been dangling theme park lovers upside down for 13 years.

Alton Towers has revealed to the sadness of many that it has now retired Submission for good – just before it opens its doors for the 2014 season.

An Alton Towers spokesman said the attraction was unique to many other rides found at theme parks across the country.

He said: “Submission, which has been part of our thrill line up since 2001, has been retired.

“The attraction, which was one of only a handful of its kind in the world, has dangled almost 6.9 million guests upside down over the years, so its rest is definitely well deserved.”

Submission was opened back in 2001 and at the time it cost the popular park £2 million to build.

Bosses pitched the ride as ‘an instrument of torture’ that subjected its riders to 90 seconds of relentless spinning and inversion.

When it was built the attraction was the sixth white knuckle ride to be added to the collection at Alton Towers.

It held 24 passengers each time the ride went out.

The removal of the ride has been part of the park’s long term development plan.

Uttoxeter Advertiser readers have taken to Facebook to share their thoughts on the ride, with many believing it is a little outdated now.

Nicky-Andy Edwards said: “Was never keen on that ride. It wasn’t great anyway so I personally won’t miss it.

“Technology moves on so fast nowadays so hopefully Towers will put something in its place ten times better.”

Michelle Mckinnon added: “Always used to love that ride until I went on it years ago with an hangover, ill isn’t the word. Never been on it since but as the above said it’s a bit old now and needs replacing.”

However, Deb Gaunt took a different view saying she loved it. Tess Hagan and Cat Harlow both said the ride ‘hurts’ and Deborah Cheadle said she did not like the ride and Alton Towers should have kept the Black Hole.

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