Hull Fair: Highest ride in the country Starflyer reviewed
So, when the news came out that the country's tallest ride was coming to Hull Fair I should have known I would be volunteered.
I pride myself on a good head for heights. I like fair rides. It was going to be a doddle, surely?
But then I got to the fair, looked up into the sky and saw just how high the Starflyer goes up (250ft) and suddenly wondered whether it was going to be so easy after all.
Other fearless folk were leaping on, though - and there was a cameraman at the ready so at that point there was no going back.
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Once I was strapped in firmly - and had surreptitiously tested and re-tested the seat-belt - we were suddenly hoisted straight up into the air before starting to be swung round at a fairly fast pace.
Reporter Katy and I shrugged. This was ok.
But then we started going up, and up and up again. And up and up again. And suddenly the world looked very far below. There were definite squeals.
The cold wind was whistling and my eyes teared up but it was quite thrilling to be so far above all the lights and noise and action, which had, by now, blurred into a sea of lights below.
Daredevils in front of us were rocking and swinging their seat around but Katy and I stuck firmly in a straight line.
And then just as we both started to gasp that maybe it wasn't as easy going as we thought, we started slowing and moving back down the huge great pole in the middle of the ride.
By the time we were back on terra firma we had managed to convince ourselves that it hadn't really been us that had been squealing.
And luckily you are so far beyond the reach of anyone’s eyes and ears there is no-one that can prove otherwise.
So the Starflyer? A doddle. Just like I knew it would be.