Plans for a landmark 35-metre illuminated observation wheel next to Southport’s Marine Lake are set to bring more visitors to the Merseyside town.
The wheel, which will be the highest accessible vantage-point near the sea front, will offer long-ranging, wide-vista views to passengers in its series of fully accessible six-person glass pods.
Its LED lighting can be tailored to offer visual displays that will be reflected in the lake’s waters after dark.
The giant wheel has been built-to-order by leisure and attractions expert Norman Wallis, who envisages the structure as a landmark for the town.
The huge structure will be delivered later this summer.
Wallis said: “The wheel is a real showstopper, and I think the town deserves a landmark feature of this calibre and we believe it will be incredibly popular.
“The views will be breath-taking, and the observation wheel itself will be able to be clearly seen when approaching the town.
“This fabulous iconic feature will give people yet another reason to stop and admire the sea views – and make a hugely positive addition to Southport’s visitor appeal.”
The announcement comes as Southport plans to celebrate the 110th anniversary of its Pleasureland miniature railway – the world’s oldest, constantly running 15-inch gauge railway.
Further plans around the miniature railway celebrations wil be unveiled soon.
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