Alton Towers Resort is taking no chances with its new ride and has brought in celebrity security expert Tony Adkins, formerly seen on Xfactor to join the team on project 'Secret Weapon 6'.
Mr Adkins a.k.a "Big Tony" has previously spent seven years as a professional bodyguard, most recently to the XFactor's Simon Cowell, and has also worked for Princess Anne, Iron Maiden and Boy George. Mr Adkins will act as a security consultant to the park on the equivalent of a six-figure salary directing and providing advice to the in-house security team.
The estimated £15 million rollercoaster, scheduled for launch in March 2010 is set to be a world first, with a never-before-seen feature that bosses hope will attract crowds to the Resort. Interest in the ride from fans is so intense that theme park bosses felt it necessary to appoint somebody who has experience of dealing with aggressive fans.
Morwenna Angove, Sales and Marketing Director at the Alton Towers Resort says: "There is a die-hard fan base out there dedicated to the discovery of information about the new ride and the Resort is desperately trying to keep it under wraps. We're pleased to announce the appointment of Tony, whose previous experience of working in a celebrity environment will stand him in good stead to deal with our superfans."
Tony Adkins, head of security at Alton Towers Resort commented: "I have looked after celebrities and even a member of the Royal Family, but this has to be one of my most interesting assignments yet. I've heard a lot of things and I'm hoping that the fans aren't as scary as Simon Cowell!"