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Lowestoft man among naturists who 'absolutely smashed' naked rollercoaster world record

PUBLISHED: 14:15 03 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:24 03 March 2019

David Ellis, second from right, taking part in the naked ride on the Grand National. DAVID ELLIS

David Ellis, second from right, taking part in the naked ride on the Grand National. DAVID ELLIS

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Hundreds of naturists are celebrating this weekend after seemingly "smashing" a Guinness World Record.

David Ellis after riding the Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach naked. DAVID ELLISDavid Ellis after riding the Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach naked. DAVID ELLIS

Rollercoaster enthusiast David Ellis, from Lowestoft, joined hundreds of others in ditching their clothes in a bid to beat the world record for most naked people on a theme park ride.

With an eye firmly on 2010’s record of 102 people on Adventure Island’s Green Scream, British Naturism welcomed guests on their Blackpool weekend trip to the town’s famous Pleasure Beach.

While the official figure is yet to be confirmed, Mr Ellis is optimistic about the group’s chances. He said: “It was brilliant. It looks like we have absolutely knocked it into the long grass in terms of the number of people involved.

“The number the organisers mentioned was 255 people. We need to wait and see from the officials, but it was quite a staggering total on a pretty cold day.

“This took it to the next level and smashed it. The number is probably so big it may well deter anyone else from having another go. It may be a permanent record.

“It will definitely be a challenge to beat that.

“If there is another attempt then I will be interested in doing it but the scale of this one was so big.

“When I met up with a few of my rollercoaster enthusiast colleagues before and saw the amount of people coming through the door, I did think we would do it.”

Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Grand National. DAVID ELLISBlackpool Pleasure Beach's Grand National. DAVID ELLIS

The rollercoaster in question was the Grand National, a wooden ride built in 1935.

Mr Ellis, who has been on all four previous world record attempts, including an unsuccessful effort in 2015, said: “We went into a cafe to find a bit of floor to strip off and get into our robes. Everyone taking part then had to stand for a naked group shot by the ride for the official, which was hilarious.

“It was a lot of fun and I managed to get the front row seat on my ride. It was cold but exhilarating.

“It was probably the best ride I have been on in all my years. It was a scream and I absolutely loved it.

David Ellis made his fifth Guinness World Record attempt for the most people riding a rollercoaster naked. Picture: SuppliedDavid Ellis made his fifth Guinness World Record attempt for the most people riding a rollercoaster naked. Picture: Supplied

“It is an unusual rollercoaster but everyone had a glow when they came off.

“We all got a stick of rock afterwards too.”

Mr Ellis was also pleased the weather hadn’t deterred those taking part.

He said: “It wasn’t without its challenges weather-wise. It was freezing and cold and definitely not the best day to do it, especially after such a glorious week.

David Ellis made the trip from Lowestoft to Blackpool. Picture: Nick ButcherDavid Ellis made the trip from Lowestoft to Blackpool. Picture: Nick Butcher

“I’d describe it as overcoat weather and we had some rain, but luckily the ride I was on was dry.

“It shouldn’t really be too much of a surprise for early-March.

“There was a good range of people there too, ages and genders. There is this image of naturism being male dominated but it isn’t the case.”

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