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WATCH: Amazing timelapse footage of new Wicker Man ride at Alton Towers being constructed

This fantastic time-lapse video shows the construction of the new Wicker Man ride at Alton Towers.

It has been released as the theme park announced the new ride - the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK for more than 20 years - will officially open to the public on Saturday March 17.

The new Wicker Man ride at Alton Towers

The new Wicker Man ride at Alton Towers

VIDEO AND PICTURES: First glimpse at new Wicker Man ride at Alton Towers

John Wardley – legendary rollercoaster developer and the man behind iconic rides including Nemesis, Oblivion and The Smiler at Alton Towers – said: “What Alton Towers have done is created a fabulous, fast-paced, smooth, thrilling, exhilarating ride which is beautifully and imaginatively presented to a standard far higher than probably any other woodie in the world.”

It is the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK for more than 20 years.

It is the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK for more than 20 years.