By Hayley Pugh
This elderly couple are addicted to rollercoasters and have just enjoyed yet another theme park visit despite being in their 70s and suffering with arthritis.
Thrill-seeking pensioners, Sylvia and Dennis Bloor have been captured pulling some hilarious expressions while taking on The Wicker Man at Alton Towers for the very first time – a £16 million wooden ride that travels at 44 miles per hour and stretches over 600 metres long.
Despite their shocked faces the theme park veterans are no strangers to stomach-churning rides, having already visited Alton Towers more than 330 times – even though they now live almost 300 miles away – and have ridden Nemesis, well over 4000 times.
The married couple, from Newquay in Cornwall, are members of The Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain and have travelled all over the world visiting theme parks throughout Europe and at 25 different states – rating rides at famous parks including Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California, Cedar Point in Ohio and Holiday World in Indiana.
This is all despite Dennis, 79, undergoing a knee operation and Sylvia, 70, suffering with arthritis.
Sylvia, said: “A lot of the staff recognise us now because we’ve been so many times but then again, we do stand out because we’re a couple of old fossils.
“As we’re waiting in the queue you can see people thinking “I bet they don’t put their hands up in the air” but we always do.
“When you’re on a ride though, all the arthritis and pain goes away, you just forget about it all. It’s a natural high.
“Once I’m on a ride and I’m moving my age and my health doesn’t really cross my mind at all.
“In fact I think it helps because you get a huge dose of adrenaline.
“We’re definitely going to carry on as long as we can.”
Dennis added: “You can’t beat it, it’s just plain old good fun.”
The adrenaline junkies first got hooked on their unusual habit around 25 years ago after treating their friend’s children to days out at theme parks.
The pair were soon addicted to the rush and although they no longer go abroad to ‘get their fix’ they still visit theme parks in the UK several times a year.
After trying out hundreds of different rides the daring duo have admitted they have a soft spot for wooden coasters – like The Wicker Man.
Sylvia said: “Wooden rollercoasters break down less but steel coasters tend to be smoother.
“Trouble is they’re almost too smooth sometimes which, depending on the ride, can make them a bit boring.
“The wooden coasters with the shake, rattle and roll have their own attraction.
“Regardless of whether they’re wooden or steel the main elements of a great ride are speed and lots of different elements, like tunnels and drops.”