105-year-old becomes world’s oldest person to ride rollercoaster

Adam Boult

105-year-old Jack Reynolds set a new record this week, becoming the oldest person in the world to ride a rollercoaster.

Mr Reynolds performed his feat at Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire, where he took a spin on the Twistersaurus rollercoaster, alongside his daughter Jane Goodwin and Good Morning Britain presenters Katy Rickett and Dr Hilary Jones. His ride on the attraction was broadcast live to viewers of the ITV breakfast show.

A day earlier he told the Daily Mirror: "Am I nervous? A bit apprehensive that's all. In fact, I'm looking forward to the different experience and it's a long time since I did anything like that.

Jack rides the Twistersaurus Credit: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire

"I've done some quite exciting things but this is one that really is different!"

Mr Reynolds, a retired railway plate layer, performed the record-setting ride to raise money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance fund.

 "Quite often we have the Air Ambulance over our district and it impressed me it is all run by charity, no help whatsoever, only charity," he said. "No help from the government and I really believe that they should have a lot more funding."

Jack Reynolds (second left) rides the Twistersaurus rollercoaster to raise money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Credit: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire

The pensioner is no stranger to record-breaking; last year, at the age of 104, he became the oldest person in the world to get a tattoo

Two years before that, he became the oldest person to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Asked if he was nervous about getting the tattoo done, Mr Reynolds replied: “I'm a big strong lad - and I've have plenty of needles in me in my time, in various places.”

 

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