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Alton Towers looking for 'test specimens' to ride Nemesis for final time before it closes

Daisy Phillipson

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Alton Towers looking for 'test specimens' to ride Nemesis for final time before it closes

Alton Towers is on the lookout for 'test specimens' to ride the infamous Nemesis for one final time before it closes.

Last month, the UK theme park shared the news that its iconic roller coaster that has been running for nearly three decades will be shutting down for a revamp.

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The closure, which is expected to run until 2024, starts on 6 November, meaning thrill-seekers only have a couple of weeks to make the most of it.

In a post on Facebook, the theme park said: "By order of the Phalanx. Nemesis is closing. You have until 6th November to ride."

For those not in the know, The Phalanx is a fictional (or is it?) organisation made up by Alton Towers that is tasked with keeping the Nemesis beast under control.

And according to the Staffordshire resort, although the organisation is taking 'no further questions' at this time, they are on the lookout for a select group of 'test specimens' to take part in a final ride - with none other than Nemesis developer John Wardley.

Nemesis has been going since 1994. Credit: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy Stock Photo
Nemesis has been going since 1994. Credit: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy Stock Photo

Alton Towers said: "This elite organisation claims Nemesis - the beast that the ride pins down - is behaving abnormally.

"They are seeking last riders which they call 'final test specimens' to assist with investigations, and they are refusing to comment any further at this point."

The Last Ride competition will pick 14 applicants at random to take part, and there are plenty of reasons to get involved.

As well as the final ride on 6 November, winners will also receive a VIP Alton Towers experience for up to two people, including complimentary access to the theme park for the day, as well as a Gold Fastrack Pass.

Also included in the package is a meet and greet with Wardley and a souvenir goodie bag - not to mention bragging rights as the last person to ride Nemesis before it shuts for two years.

Speaking about the competition, Kate McBirnie, Head of Guest Excellence at Alton Towers Resort, told the Daily Mail: "We know that a place on Nemesis' last ride is much-coveted.

"It's a moment in history for the famous ride and we can't think of a better way to honour this occasion than giving fans the opportunity to be part of this special event.

"As you'd expect we will be delivering 'thrilliant' surprises during the day."

Sounds thrilliant - if you want to be in with a chance of bagging the golden ticket, follow this link and enter your details. Good luck!

Featured Image Credit: Barrie Harwood Signs/Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy

Topics: Theme Park, UK News

Daisy Phillipson
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