Brit couple travels the world to ride roller coasters in "golden years"

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

These thrill-seeking pensioners claim to have found the secret to staying young in their golden years. While many senior citizens choose to while away their down-time with the odd round of golf or potter in the garden, adrenaline junkies Dennis and Sylvia Bloor, from Cornwall, have splashed out £60,000 on riding stomach-churning rollercoasters at theme parks around the globe.

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Was going to do this if I won Powerball. *laugh*

This is just awesome, lovely, and brilliant. Puts a smile on my face for sure.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Jeff's avatar

I think it depends. If at that age I was already well-traveled, sure. But if I had not previously "seen the world," I don't know that I'd make roller coasters the center of my travel. The world seems filled with more interesting people and stuff.

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sirloindude's avatar

It depends on what you like, though. I'm not a big culture guy. I want to see the world, but where I want to go pretty much is decided by how nice of an amusement park it has or how nice of a beach it has. I can't entertain myself in a downtown setting. I don't necessarily care about seeing famous landmarks and such. I just want to either sit on the beach or ride something.

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Is "potter" Brit-speak for "putter"?

Whoa, some of those captions in that article are way wrong. If Camden Park has a Sky Coaster and a giant steel coaster I'm goin back!

Yes, and I have yet to ride a new B&M hyper at BGT.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

rollergator's avatar

If you look closely, you can make out the "Williamsburg, VA" on Apollo...and the "CA" in question regarding Pacific Park isn't Canada, it's California.

I thought a potter was someone who made pots...maybe it was a typo for putter? Funny, we need an English lesson... :~)

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Bobbie1951's avatar

Yes, the Brits like to potter. Was engaged to one for several years and he was always pottering in his kitchen in Raynes Park, about 15 minutes outside of London. Too bad I didn't become interested in roller coasters until after I broke off the engagement, as there are some great theme parks in the UK.

This is a charming article despite the inaccuracies. (I too could clearly see that one of the rides photographed was Apollo's Chariot.) If I had £60,000 in discretionary income, I might do the same thing. In any case, it's nice to have company. My dad can't understand why his 61-year-old daughter is enamored of roller coasters but there are others. Someone sent me a link to a photograph of a woman celebrating her 90th birthday on Diamondback and that was the best yet!


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