Gran’s terror at the fair­ground

Stranded 60ft high on log flume

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

A petrified Ruther­glen gran and her teenage rel­a­tives are still shaken up af­ter be­ing or­dered to clam­ber out of a 60ft high stranded fair­ground ride and shuf­fle their way down the edge of its slope to safety.

Liz Hamil­ton (58), who has a fear of heights, was on the White Wa­ter log flume with grand­daugh­ter Han­nah Baird ( 14) and great niece and nephew Brooke and Johnny Fraser, (13) and (15) when it came to a halt at its high­est point at M&D’s amuse­ment park on Satur­day.

Liz’s hus­band, Jack Tait (60) - who had gone in­side to shel­ter from the rain - looked on in dis­be­lief to see four young fair­ground work­ers leap­ing to the stranded car­riage and or­der­ing the fam­ily to make their way on foot down the roller coaster’s wet ramp.

“Liz is a gran. She suf­fers from panic at­tacks and at first I thought they had stopped the ride be­cause she was hav­ing an at­tack,” said Jack, of East­field.

“It might not seem that high, but when you have to walk down it, it is scary, es­pe­cially when you are re­spon­si­ble for kids. They said the struc­ture was shoog­ley as they made their way down. By the time they got down, Liz was trau­ma­tised. There was no­body from man­age­ment in sight to make sure ev­ery­one was all right and the four young boys just walked away.”

The fam­ily went to the in­for­ma­tion desk, but were asked to call back and re­port the in­ci­dent at the start of the week.

“If any­thing like that hap­pens again, no mat­ter how triv­ial it may seem, some­body in au­thor­ity should be straight out there to make sure ev­ery­one is okay. They were in shock. And they weren’t of­fered even as much as a cup of tea,” con­tin­ued Jack who says at the very least, his fam­ily should have been of­fered a pass for the rest of the sea­son in com­pen­sa­tion.

He says 15-year-old Johnny was so shaken by the ex­pe­ri­ence that they had to call Wishaw Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal doc­tors for med­i­cal ad­vice.

“Some peo­ple who have read about it on so­cial media have crit­i­cised Liz for go­ing on the ride if she has a fear of heights. What I’d say to them is: what if it was your granny, or your mum who was stuck up there?” blasted Jack, who said the group were soaked through.

A spokesper­son for M&D’s said: “We can con­firm that there was an in­ci­dent on The White Wa­ter ride shortly be­fore the theme park was due to close.

“The wa­ter pump tripped which caused the ride’s safety sys­tems to bring it to an im­me­di­ate stop.

“Mem­bers of staff then fol­lowed our pre-planned emer­gency pro­ce­dures which were to climb the des­ig­nated walk­way pas­sage on the ride and bring the pas­sen­gers down.

“Full safety checks are car­ried out on our rides each day be­fore the theme park opens.”

Shaken Liz Hamil­ton from Ruther­glen Ride The White Wa­ter log flume at M&D’s broke down at the week­end, leav­ing Ruther­glen grand­mother Liz Hamil­ton hav­ing to clam­ber down 60 feet to safety

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