Heroic Veterans Abseil Down ‘Big One’

By Michael Mander

A heroic triple amputee soldier has defied the odds and abseiled down from the tallest ride in the UK: The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.


This inspiring tale of a dedicated individual has touched the hearts of many. A crowd gathered to watch the veteran descend from the top of the notoriously tall UK roller coaster.

Andy Reid fought in Afghanistan and lost both his legs and an arm. He, along with 39 others, made up the group of veterans that abseiled down the coaster’s peak.

Andy took to Twitter to thank everyone for their support. He described the abseil as “a great experience”, and to ask his wife Claire to record ITV’s coverage of the event.

Andy Reid, a triple amputee veteran, on his descent from the top of The Big One
Harold Addie, 88, on completion of his abseil
Harold Addie, 88, on completion of his abseil

The Soldier’s Charity ‘supports men and women who put everything on the line to defend our country’. They have held numerous charity abseils from iconic landmarks – but this has been the first time they’ve tackled a coaster.

Amanda Thompson OBE, the managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, told ITV News: “We are delighted to support The Soldier’s Charity and their fundraising abseil”.

The oldest to abseil was 88 year old Harold Addie.

The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is 235ft high, the tallest roller coaster in the UK.