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The Thunderbolt reaches century of life at Kennywood

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A very special birthday has been celebrated at Kennywood as The Thunderbolt reached its 100th year.

The Thunderbolt is one of Kennywood’s most cherished roller coasters and began life named as The Pippin. The wooden roller coaster, built in The Golden Age when wooden roller coasters were taking off in a big way and rolled out throughout the world, was officially opened on 4 May, 1924 by John Miller.

Over forty years later, the roller coaster was given a makeover with a lift hill and helix curves fitted to the ride.

To acknowledge its century of life, a commemorative plaque has been erected by the ride to celebrate its anniversary.

Kennywood has confirmed that further celebrations will take place during the summer to mark a century of rides for the beloved Thunderbolt.

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