Irie hoping to ‘ride’ to the top of the charts

Ride the Rollercoaster
Ride the Rollercoaster

A popular song capturing the jaunty spirit of the seaside could be set to scale the charts 16 years after it was first penned.

Since then singer Irie White has been entertaining audiences with his catchy tune Ride the Rollercoaster which has been commercially released for the first time .

Now he is hoping to storm the charts with the song, written in 1999 to celebrate the opening of the Millennium Rollercoaster at Fantasy Island. Irie returned to the Ingoldmells amusement park recently to shoot the video.

Fans of the song came along to take part in the recording, with scenes filmed on the rollercoaster at Scallywags Showbar and the Suncastle pub in Skegness.

Irie said: “We had a great time filming at Scallywags. I am very happy with the video, it brings out all the elements from the song.”

He added: “I changed a few words, but apart from that the song is the same as the original version.

“There are no age or height restrictions and you can dance to it all year round.”

The song was recorded in London in March and following a Twitter appeal for a professional filmmaker to shoot the video Irie was approached by the director Liam Kay.

Since its release the song has had more than 1,000 hits on iTunes and has been played on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Former chef Irie, 52, first picked up the mic when a singer failed to turn up a restaurant where he was working.

A popular performer on the gigging circuit ever since he makes regular appearances on the Lincolnshire coast.

Irie even had a number one in Germany in 2000 with a song called No Peace in the World. Now he is aiming to repeat that success with Ride the Rollercoaster.

He said: “It is now or never for the song and am hoping that it will be a hit.

He added: “Ride the Rollercoaster brings out the sunshine whatever the weather and fills you with happy thoughts.”