Big Dipper's 90th birthday

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is celebrating the ninetieth birthday of it's most iconic rollercoasters, the Big Dipper. The white-knuckle ride opened back in 1923 and is one of the oldest attractions at the resort.

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Blackpool's Big Dipper in numbers

The Big Dipper signage Credit: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Big Dipper is celebrating its 90th birthday today. Here's some facts and figures about the famous old rollercoaster:

  • Built in 1923 by John Miller, it was extended in 1936 by Charlie Paige and Joe Emberton
Richard Rodriguez celebrates riding the Big Dipper for 2000 hours Credit: PA Images
  • The ride operates with two trains, each containing three four-bench cars, seating two people per bench

  • In August 1998, American Richard Rodriguez set a world record by continuously riding the Big Dipper for over 1000 hours, he then went on to double this mark two years later to 2000 hours

One of the BIg Dipper carriages Credit: PA Images
  • The ride's designer John Miller invented many of the safety features still used on today's rollercoasters