Thrillseekers stuck 118ft in air after ride breaks down at Europe’s largest fair
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A group of dare devils became stranded over 100ft in the air after a ride broke down at Europe's largest funfair.
Members of the public were ecstatic when they realised The Hoppings would be returning to Newcastle's Town Moor after a three-year hiatus.
But everyone's moods soon changed after several riders were left trapped in the air, within the first three hours of opening on Friday (June 17).
Ride operators worked hard to resolve the technical issue on the popular ride Speed Buzz, as people remained at a peak height of 118ft, reports Chronicle Live.
The ride, which seats eight people, rotates at high speed. It features a car for four people at each end of the ride which spin as Speed Buzz rotates.
One person who was on the ride with their friend at the time said: "We went up to the top but then we were stuck there for about 15 minutes. We didn't know what was happening but then someone said the bracket had broke.
"[My friend] was already scared to go on in the first place but I persuaded him to go on. He was white as a sheet, he was terrified."
A woman who was on the ride before it experienced technical difficulties added: "I said to him before he went on the ride that the brackets were going to break, I was only joking, I didn't expect it to actually happen."
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Those who were on the ride said they were left tilted in their seats as staff worked to resolve the issue.
Once everyone was safely off the ride those operating it began performing test runs, with no one allowed on the ride until staff felt sure it was safe.
Everyone, including those waiting for the ride, received a full refund for the ride, which costs £5.
One person who was waiting said: "We were waiting in the line to get on but we were given a refund because they said it was broken. Some people have been stuck up there for about 20 minutes."
Another claimed they saw a girl crying on the ride.
The funfair features performances from live acts, a food village, new rides and the return of old favourites.
Speed Buzz operators, Crow Events, have been contacted for a comment.
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