On 17 October 2016, 3000 students attended an annual event organised by RAG volunteers. During the course of the event, photos of the team dressed as a rollercoaster were taken by The Tab Nottingham. The costume was in no way intended to reference the tragedy that occurred on the Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers. Its design was based on a traditional concept that has existed for several years and no reference was made to the Smiler by the students involved. '7 legless' was intended to be a pun on the name of the bar crawl '7 Legged' and the state of being inebriated. The article that was published The Tab Nottingham on 19 October 2016, was a misrepresentation.
The students involved further wish to apologise unreservedly to those affected by the Smiler incident for any offence or distress they may have unwittingly caused.
The Tab have now issued an apology relating to their initial article. You can read it at: http://thetab.com/uk/nottingham/2016/10/24/messed-apology-7-legless-students-33595