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New £750,000 attraction heading to Great Yarmouth seafront

PUBLISHED: 16:35 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:05 08 February 2017

A busy Yarmouth seafront on Good Friday.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A busy Yarmouth seafront on Good Friday. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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Pleasure Beach boss Albert Jones is again bringing a landmark attraction to Great Yarmouth’s seafront in time for Easter.

The Elegance Wheel spent the summer in Southsea, Hampshire, but will take up its place on the Golden Mile, providing a towering feature that will visible be for miles.

Mr Jones said he was delighted to bring a giant wheel back to the resort - this time with covered pods making it an all-weather ride.

He said: “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.”

In Southsea it was known as the Solent Wheel and famously had to be dismantled in October because of fears migrating geese would fly into it.

The wheel has 24 carriages that seat up to six people. It is set to arrive in Yarmouth on February 22 and will take three or four days to put up.

It was made in Italy at a cost of £750,000.

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2 comments

  • i was born in Great Yarmouth in 1962, it was always packed with holiday makers in the summer months from top to bottom infact it was hard to get about with all the people, i left Great Yarmouth when i was 21 years old and moved to North Yorkshire, but once a year went back home to Great Yarmouth to see my family, now i live in Australia and went back to Great Yarmouth last year for the first time in about 15 years what a shock so run down, the harbor mouth an eye sore, wind mills in the sea that has changed the beach, the big caravan park at the end of the pleasure beach gone and that was always busy, the piers nothing like they use to be, the art collage gone into housing , immigrants every where which made us feel a bit unsafe, Regents rod still wonderfull and packed with people, the Town centre which was always good for shopping , WHERES ALL THE BIG SHOPS GONE ? a lot of the sea front attractions gone, and i brought some Aussies to see this great place, so shame on you in control of Great Yarmouth for running the place down ,it wont be long before the Great in Great Yarmouth is gone, so it needs more than a blinking big wheel, which it had once any way, wake up before its too late and put the Great back into Great Yarmouth PLEASE

    ANOTHER WELL KNOWN PLACE CLOSED

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    Derek Charlton

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

  • To announce this as a new attraction when there was a big wheel in recent years and last year... So nothing really brand new for a change... Some brand new attractions would be good for the town, but times as they are I suppose that is not a real financial option ... Replacing pleasure beach rides with new ones is very costly but keeping up with a few new technology rides would be nice... But as we know life is getting harder for many today... The low income poverty around the UK is affecting many and house buying and renting is not affordable to more each year as more part time only jobs are only offered today.. Let's hope this big wheel brings more customers .. . Good luck.. GY

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    Lionel

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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