Roller coaster fans help celebrate 21 years of Shockwave at Drayton Manor

Roller coaster fanatics have visited a theme park near Lichfield to help celebrate a ride’s 21st birthday.

Members of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain (RCCGB) flocked to Drayton Manor to ride Shockwave.

The Shockwave ride at Drayton Manor

The Shockwave ride at Drayton Manor

Europe’s only stand-up roller coaster was launched in 1994 and was voted the best of its kind in the world when it opened.

Andy Hine MBE, founder of the RCCGB, said: “Shockwave firmly put Drayton Manor Theme Park on the world coaster map.

“As a result the RCCGB has visited Drayton Manor every year since. We voted it the the best stand-up roller coaster in the world when it first opened and 21 years later it’s still one of the most loved rides for the group, with members coming from far and wide to experience the thrills and spills.”

Since it’s arrival at Drayton Manor, more than 9million people have travelled on the ride.

William Bryan, managing director at Drayton Manor, said, “Shockwave is one of our best loved and longest-standing roller coasters here at Drayton Manor. It has been thrilling our guests, young and young at heart, for the past 21 years and has put smiles on many faces during that time.

“We are sure that Shockwave will continue to delight our visitors for many years to come.”

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