A new big wheel has replaced the
temporary visitor, which was in
Chevasse Park, at Christmas 2009.
This new wheel is adjacent to the Echo Arena and opposite the Albert
Dock. It provides an interesting addition to the sky line,
especially when illuminated at night. It was officially opened by
the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Storey, on Thursday, 25 March 2010.
After an initial wait enlivened, by buffet food and drink, and
clowns and face painting the children, competition winners listened
to short speeches by Events Organiser, John Brown; Nigel Ward of
Great City Attractions, and the Lord Mayor. Then
excited winners of a competition clambered into the wheel’s capsules
and were rewarded with a splendid ride, despite the rather
disappointing weather. During the wheel’s circuits a lively
fireworks display took place alongside it. This ride has been
erected, Nigel Ward had informed us, because when Great City
Attractions had been seeking new venues, many people had recommended
Liverpool. This new wheel is with us until at least next spring.
If you wish to be rewarded with a fascinating ride, do try the wheel
yourselves. It really does feel sturdy, it turns smoothly and
affords fantastic views of our great city from ever-changing angles.
The experience is also complemented by commentary, so for those less
familiar with the City it is a great opportunity to gain one’s
bearings before further exploration.
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