Big wheel to return to Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

Coinslot Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach bridge
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Wheel of Elegance to be pride of place again in Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach owner Albert Jones is bringing a much-loved big wheel ride back to the resort in time for Easter.

The 35-metre-high Wheel of Elegance spent most of last year at the Clarence Pier amusement park in Southsea, Hampshire, but will return to Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile as a landmark attraction in 2017.

Jones said he was delighted to be bringing the £750,000 big wheel back to the Norfolk coast, adding that this time it would feature enclosed pods to make it an all-weather ride.

He told the Eastern Daily Press: “We realised last year because we had the open gondolas that people preferred them covered. It will provide a great visual advert for the town.”

When the attraction was located at Clarence Pier, it quickly became known as the Solent Wheel after its launch in April 2016. However, it was dismantled after its last ride on 30 September because of fears that thousands of migratory birds might fly into it.

The Wheel of Elegance has 24 carriages that seat up to six people. It is set to arrive in Great Yarmouth on 22 February and will take three to four days to erect.

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