A huge water park fan had his dream come true when he was given a tour of Scarborough’s new £14m attraction.
Robert Burnett’s love affair with adrenalin-fuelled water-based attractions has been strong from a young age.
On Friday, as a reward for his enthusiasm, the 25-year-old met his water park hero, the man behind the company that will operate the attraction, Dr Anton Hoefter, chief executive officer of Alpamare.
Robert has intently followed the progress of the water park from the initial concepts, through the planning process and has been a regular visitor to the construction site during the last 12 months, charting its progress with a massive collection of photographs that he uses to promote the attraction to anyone and everyone he comes across.
He is now counting down the days until July when he can get through the doors for the first time and try out the slides. Robert, who is autistic, lives independently of his family with the help of a team of support workers from Wilf Ward Family Trust.
He said: “I have got more and more excited as the buildings have developed and even on days I am at work, we have driven past the water park site so I can see the changes.
“I would like to be on the brochure that everyone sees because I love the water park so much and I have even signed up for the television advert.
“I can’t wait to put on my trunks and goggles and have a go in the pools and test the slides.
“I will be a bit nervous, but once I have done it, it will be done, and it will be something for my history book.
“My favourite thing is new technology, so I am also looking forward to using the up-to- date lockers and testing out the inflatable rings.
“On the opening day I will be very excited and even though I do not like crowds, I am going to go with my support staff, Dan, so I can be there on the very first day.
“Dan will ensure I keep safe and help me deal with distractions. Maybe I will get a VIP pass that day for being the water park’s biggest fan.”
Dr Anton Hoefter said he was delighted with Robert’s enthusiasm.
He said: “Robert is the best type of ambassador any major attraction could have.
“His positive approach and boundless enthusiasm for the development is infectious and his understanding of just how much a world-class water park will benefit Scarborough and the surrounding area is very impressive.
“It’s been a delight to meet him today and we can’t wait to welcome him back before opening day as one of our exclusive slide testers.
“We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to say thank you to our super fan than by giving him the very important task of helping us get the slides set up perfectly for the very first customers we’ll welcome this summer.”
The park is due to open to the public in July.