The man who loves roller coasters so much he bought a piece of track for his house


A man has spent hundreds of pounds buying a section of the roller coaster for his own home after falling in love with them.

That’s despite being petrified by adrenaline machines as a kid, and his piece from The Big One goes along with four wheels and a chain link.

Scott Bickerton, 33, made his last purchase last week, CheshireLive reports.

He jumped at the chance to own another piece of The Big One after the pieces went on sale, with the renovation of Blackpool’s most iconic attraction.

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But when the YouTuber heard officials were putting more pieces up for sale, he was more than happy to part with £150 for a piece of the track.

He said: “It’s priceless to me, and when you think about it, it’s a bit of history. It’s something that’s iconic in the UK.”

“Most people who aren’t fans of roller coasters might think it’s just a piece of steel. What are you going to do with it?

“But there are plenty of people like me who are roller coaster enthusiasts who would be very happy to have some of their favorite roller coaster in their home or backyard.”

Scott said he has an “emotional attachment” to the ride, which was the tallest, fastest and steepest steel roller coaster in the world when it was built.

Scott also has wheels.

He said: “I have quite an emotional attachment to that trip because when I was younger, I was absolutely terrified.

“My parents used to take me to Blackpool a lot when I was little.

“During that time, I wasn’t a confident person, and anything like riding a roller coaster or talking to people I didn’t know was a huge hurdle.

“But when I was on The Big One, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I thought, ‘Now I can do anything.’”

Later, when Scott was diagnosed with testicular cancer, the classic walk in Blackpool also became a way for him to deal with the bad news and his treatments.

He said: “I was diagnosed at the end of February 2015 but as soon as I found out I went to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to distract myself.


“Then, after my first operation for testicular cancer, I went back to the pleasure beach.

He added: “I had a pretty rough 18 months with it. It got to the point where it was life threatening.

“I was told in November 2015 that there was a very good chance that I would not make it.

“I had to have surgery in 2016 to remove my kidney, as there was a tumor on the outside of the kidney that was 33 cm.

“Most of the time leading up to that operation, I went to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, although I was in no shape to ride the rides, as a coping mechanism.

Incredibly, Scott also met his future wife, Becca Bickerton, 30, IT Manager, at Pleasure Beach, and they now have a 3-year-old son after marrying in 2017.

He said, “We originally met at the pleasure beach in 2009, but we were just friends at the time, and we got to know each other over the course of the years that followed.

“We got to know each other better the more we went to the beach for pleasure and spent time together.

“From what was never going to be more than a friendship, we ended up saying, ‘Why don’t we try this?

When Scott learned that officials would be replacing 103m of track on The Big One just before Christmas last year, he knew he had to get a piece.


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He said: “This is now the third time in the last three years that they have taken the runway down and replaced it for the winter, just to maintain its useful life, so it can keep running for another 20 or 30 years.

“My wife and I talked about it and said we’d probably put it in the garden, or if we got one of the smaller sections, we’d probably have it somewhere in the house.”

He added: “A lot of times, people laugh at roller coaster enthusiasts and think we’re all geeks, and we are.

“But sometimes it is, for us, a way of escaping and a coping mechanism from normal everyday life.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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