Ribble Valley fund-raisers abseil down Blackpool’s The Big One rollercoaster

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Charity fund-raiser Bill Honeywell and some daredevil Ribble Valley pals really reached the heights in a hair-raising stunt.

They were among 40 brave souls who abseiled from The Big One roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, more than 200 feet from top to bottom, for the ABF charity for injured military personnel.

Estate agent Bill, from Clitheroe, was joined by retired Army colonel Phil Naylor, from Downham, who works for ABF and organised the event, Clitheroe Rotary Club member Mick Bryan, Ribblesdale Rotary Club member Barry Wood and angling broadcaster Martin James, from Grindleton.

They had to walk up the service walkway on the first long ascent to the very top of the towering rollercoaster, then on to a maintenance platform where expert helpers clipped them on to the abseliing rope and attached a safety lifeline.

Bill (60) said: “We had to lean back and step off.

“We were completely in mid-air rather than walking down the structure.

“It was perfectly safe and great fun. In fact, when there was a break for lunch and The Big One was working again, we got in the queue and went for a ride on it and it was far scarier than abseiling!”