ALTON Towers has celebrated 21 years of its most famous thrill ride.

Adrenaline junkies descended on the Alton Towers Hotel to honor the anniversary of Nemesis.

Designer of the inverted roller coaster, John Wardley addressed the group of 80 thrill seekers at a special event laid on by the park to celebrate the millstone.

“It really is a special feeling to be stood here 21 years later” he said.

Wardley continued: “We wrote the rulebook when we built Nemesis”.

Nemesis infographic

Roller coaster fanatics had to win a spot on the exclusive event by sharing their stories of the ride online.

Head of Merlin Entertainments, Nick Varney, also attended the celebrations.

When asked how long the roller coaster left at the park, he reassured that Nemesis will remain in operation for the foreseeable future.

“Your grandkids will ride it,” he said. “I do not see Nemesis leaving Alton Towers soon”.

In the world-renowned Mitch Hawker steel roller coaster poll, Nemesis was ranked as the ninth best roller coaster on the planet in 2014.

The Staffordshire theme park opened Nemesis in March 1994 and the ride is still regarded as one of the most intense roller coasters in the world.

In its 21 years of operation, the roller coaster has ran across its rails over one million times and has travelled over 480,000 miles.

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The roller coaster was manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard of Switzerland and took over two years to build. It was the first suspended roller coaster in Europe.

The company was later responsible for other famous thrills at Alton Towers including: Oblivion and Air.

Nemesis was such a hit with the public, the ride has formed inspiration for other Merlin attractions throughout the years.

Thorpe Park opened a similar inverted ride named Nemesis Inferno. The ride was also manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard.

Inspired by an erupting volcano, the coaster opened to the public in March 2003 but failed to match the critical success of its Staffordshire counterpart.

By Adam Bysouth

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