After arriving at Alton Towers, full of hope and joy and happiness for the day ahead, planned for a good friend’s birthday, disaster struck. As we vacated the car and took in the fresh Alton air, something alarming caught our attention. I thought to myself “Are those people queuing for a bus? But why?”. Alton Towers always seems to make a big deal about it’s Monorail system. I’d even go as far as to say it’s an integral part of the whole “experience”, arriving at the Theme Park entrance in style, ready for the magic.
As I sat there on the shuttle bus, from the car park to the entrance I pictured the adrenaline pumping fun I’d soon be having, checking out the wonderful gardens from the sky ride, dropping off the edge of Oblivion and building up speed on Rita faster than a amphetamine addict with a shovel. Anticipation only built further after successfully getting to ride Nemesis and Air within minutes of each other, we were truly pumped for our day out.
Unfortunately that’s about all ...
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Tramlines sprung into life in 2009, bringing together a bunch of disparate promoters and disparate ideas. 65,000 people filled Sheffield city centre to what felt like bursting point. Music seeped from every available performance space and a sense of goodwill descended like a mist on the city. Crime rates even fell on the weekend.
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