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Lowestoft’s man of a thousand rollercoasters picks his 10 favourite rides

PUBLISHED: 12:59 19 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:38 19 August 2017

David Ellis from Lowestoft who has been on more than 1,000 rollercoasters. Picture: Nick Butcher

David Ellis from Lowestoft who has been on more than 1,000 rollercoasters. Picture: Nick Butcher

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This year marked the 200th anniversary of the invention of the rollercoaster, with the first opening in 1817.

Wipeout at Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft.
Photo: Andy Darnell
Copy: Sarah Brealey
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Archant © 2007 (01603) 772434Wipeout at Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft. Photo: Andy Darnell Copy: Sarah Brealey For: EDP Archant © 2007 (01603) 772434

This week also marked Rollercoaster Day, a day in which people can celebrate the zooming, whizzing and often looping attractions.

With places such as Pleasurewood Hills and the Pleasure Beach, our region boasts many of its own, however, it is also home to one of the biggest fans of the rides.

David Ellis, of Lowestoft, has ridden more than 1,000 different rollercoasters in his time.

The financial expert, who works as an advisor for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, has even ridden some naked.

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Pleasure Beach roller coaster. 

Picture: James BassGreat Yarmouth Pleasure Beach roller coaster. Picture: James Bass

To mark the anniversary of his favourite hobby, he has selected his top 10 rollercoasters and where to find them. Caution: some travel is necessary.

10: Katun, Mirabilandia, Italy

9: Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, United States

Cannonball ExpressCannonball Express

8: Mystic Timbers, King’s Island, Ohio, United States

7: T-Express. Everland, South Korea

6: Expedition GeForce, Holiday Park, Germany

5: El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, United States

4: Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point, Ohio, United States

3: The Voyage, Holiday World, Indiana, United States

2: Millennium Force, Cedar Point, Ohio, United States

1: Superman Ride of Steel, Six Flags, New England, United States

And here are just a few you can ride closer to home:

Wipeout, Pleasurewood Hills, near Lowestoft

The region’s fastest rollercoaster, reaching speeds of 50mph, Wipeout takes thrill-seekers both forwards, backwards and upside-down.

The Wooden Rollercoaster, Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth

One of the oldest coasters in the country and still going strong. Built in 1932, it still features use of a brakeman, giving a nostalgic and thrilling experience.

Cannonball Express, Pleasurewood Hills, near Lowestoft

The original runaway train. Also once known as Enigma, this ride has been a popular favourite at the park for many years, with a top speed of 34mph,

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