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Lightwater Valley is rumoured to be installing a permanent Mondial Topscan in 2011, replacing the temporary ride which operated during the 2010 season.

The temporary Topscan, named Whirlwind during its three-month stint at the park, was on loan from showman Alex Crow. However, Screamscape reports that Lightwater Valley is now hoping to purchase its own version of the ride. Similar to Samurai at Thorpe Park, the Topscan sees guests sitting on rotating gondolas which rotate freely throughout the ride.

A video of Whirlwind in action prior to its removal in September is embedded below:

Lightwater Valley is also rumoured to be adding a new rollercoaster for the 2011 season, at a cost of around £900,000. The park has introduced (and subsequently removed) a string of temporary attractions over the last few years, although it did invest £500,000 on retheming The Rat rollercoaster to become Raptor Attack in 2010.

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