Adventure Island welcomed a new volunteer staff member last week in the form of James Duddridge MP, who spent the day assisting on the Axis roller coaster.
The Conservative representative for Rochford and Southend East joined the team at the Southend amusement park on 19 August in order to raise money for local homeless charity HARP.
“Helping out down at Adventure Island today as Southend continues to reopen and welcome back visitors safely,” said Duddridge on his official Twitter page. “First task – ride host.”
“Big thank you to Adventure Island who have kindly donated £200 to my HARP Southend fundraiser. Great day with a fab team who worked me hard.”
HARP Southend helps homeless people in the area get back on their feet, with Duddridge donating the equivalent of a day’s salary to support the charity’s work.
The MP also took the opportunity to inspect the new safety measures undertaken by Adventure Island, including social distancing, sanitation stations and regular cleaning of rides.
“Everyone found Mr Duddridge very entertaining,” stated the park’s owner Philip Miller, and it was clear the feeling was mutual for Duddridge, who added “I hope I’ve passed my probation.”
Perhaps a new career beckons for the member for Rochford and Southend East?