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A scary opening season for Alton Towers' Smiler ride

The Smiler at Alton Towers Photo: PA

As Alton Towers comes to the end of its opening season, the flagship ride at the resort, the Smiler, was forced to close again this weekend due to a fault.

This is the first season the ride has been open at the Staffordshire theme park, and it has not gone smoothly for the highly-anticipated roller-coaster.

  • Wednesday April 24: Work is completed on the Smiler. Described by the resort as 'the most impressive addition to Alton Towers', it cost £18million and required 700 tonnes of steel.
  • Saturday June 1: The world's largest roller-coaster finally opens at Alton Towers.
  • Tuesday July 23: The ride is forced to close after reports of a bolt falling from the ride.
  • Wednesday July 24: The Smiler re-opens, with a park spokesperson claiming that at no point was anyone in danger.
  • Saturday November 2: The roller-coaster is again forced to close after some of its wheels came off while at the highest point of the ride.