Big wheel set for six more weeks

Entertainment on Great Yarmouth's seafront is set to revolve around the Big Wheel for another six weeks.The 40m tall attraction was due to be dismantled this weekend after a successful stint in the resort boosting visitor numbers.

Entertainment on Great Yarmouth's seafront is set to revolve around the Big Wheel for another six weeks.

The 40m tall attraction was due to be dismantled this weekend after a successful stint in the resort boosting visitor numbers.

But this week Pleasure Beach managing director Albert Jones revealed it would be staying beyond the half term holiday until November 2, thanks to delays at the next host town.

Mr Jones said the extension was only confirmed on Wednesday and meant five staff kept their seasonal jobs for longer.

Recent attendance figures proved there was enough business to justify the extra time, he said, adding: “We have been pleased with it overall although we have been battling the weather. It has been very encouraging and created a lot of interest.”

The £3m wheel from Midlands based World Tourist Attractions will now help extend the season for the Pleasure Beach, one of Britain's most popular theme parks. Mr Jones confirmed he hoped to bring it back next year.

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Ticket prices have been reduced to £4.50 for a child, £5 adult and £20 for a family of five. The ride lasts around 10 minutes with five or six revolutions.