Famous Blackpool Wheel gets turning again

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Revellers are now able to take a spin on one of Blackpool’s most famous landmarks, following major refurbishment work to the the iconic Big Wheel.


Work had been carried out in order to rebuild the ferris wheel on Central Pier following the completion of a £500,000 overhaul.

The ride, which is standing back at a mighty 33 metres, was dismantled last November and taken to an offsite location as part of a maintenance programme.

The attraction has been repaired, repainted, refurbished, and fitted with brand new LED lights, all part of a push for a consistent Pirate theme across the pier’s attractions.

Operator Peter Sedgwick, who owns all three of Blackpool’s piers, said: “The wheel was held up coming back from the engineers and then we had some trouble putting the crane up.

“It has been completely refurbished and repainted, with a new LED lighting system which is going to look fantastic.

“The whole project has cost more than £500,000 but it is one of Blackpool’s iconic landmarks and we know people will be pleased to see it back in place on Central Pier.”

Underlining the importance of a varied amusement offering at domestic tourism destinations Sedgwick also commented on improvement work being carried out to the pier’s arcade area. The deck parade on the Central Pier has been fully stripped out and refurbished ahead of the new season in a move to modernise the offering.

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