Gallery: North Promenade
The Rotor on the North Promenade at Cleethorpes was brought to the resort from Battersea Park after WWII.
It used basic centrifugal force to pin its occupants to the outsides of a cylinder. Once the optimum speed is reached and the riders are safely stuck to the wall, the observing operator lowers the floor, leaving riders high up the wall. As the cylinder gradually slows to a stop, riders slowly slide down the wall eventually landing on the lowered floor.
The front of the ride was decorated with characters (predominantly female) pinned helplessly to the wall as their dignity goes out of their control. The rock’n’roll craze for luxurious and eye-catching female underwear, normally glimpsed by an admiring audience in the course of an energetic and acrobatic dance routine, was exploited fully on the standard artwork on a Rotor with glimpses of stockings and suspenders a prominent theme.
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