Bishops’ roller-coaster ride as 2500 young people enjoy a ‘Big Night Out’

The Bishop of Knaresborough, James Bell and the Bishop of Pontefract, Tony Robinson experience  the thrills of the 'Ladybird' , one of the white-knuckle rides at Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon. Also enjoying the experience in the second car back, the Revd Sue Sheriff, the Acting Archdeacon of York, and the Venerable Peter Townley, Archdeacon of Pontefract
The Bishop of Knaresborough, James Bell and the Bishop of Pontefract, Tony Robinson experience the thrills of the 'Ladybird' , one of the white-knuckle rides at Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon. Also enjoying the experience in the second car back, the Revd Sue Sheriff, the Acting Archdeacon of York, and the Venerable Peter Townley, Archdeacon of Pontefract

The Bishop of Knaresborough has enjoyed a white knuckle ride on one of Lightwater Valley’s rollercoasters at an annual young people’s event organised by the church.

Bishop James Bell had a ride on the Ladybird rollercoaster, along with Bishop of Pontefract, Tony Robinson.

Bishop Bell said: “That was scary! I probably last went on a roller coaster fifty years ago. Several times it felt like we were coming off the rails!”

The Big Night Out, now in its fourth year attracted 2500 young people aged 11-16 from churches and Christian organisations across Yorkshire who enjoyed five hours of rides as well as a concert with Christian DJ Galactus Jack and band TWELVE24 from Manchester.

The event was organised by four Anglican dioceses, Ripon and Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford and York along with with Scripture Union, Urban Saints, the Girls’ Brigade and the Boys’ Brigade.