It's 'Wheely' great to be back in Bay!
THE company aiming to bring the English Riviera Wheel back to Torquay this summer said they hope to repeat its popularity.
The wheel was a major draw to the town last autumn before it left for Christmas in London's Hyde Park.
James Mellor, group director of Nottingham-based business Mellors Group, said: "Following the success of last year's visit we are greatly looking forward to returning to Torbay with the English Riviera Wheel.
"It proved very popular during its brief stay last year and has given the profile of the area a much deserved boost. We hope that residents, tourists and businesses will once again support us."
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The return of the wheel which, at nearly 60 metres high, is taller than Nelson's Column and provided breathtaking 360 degree views across the Bay, proved to be one of the many local highlights of 2012.
It will again be located in Princess Gardens, Torquay, subject to planning permission.
Carolyn Custerston, chief executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company, said: "We are thrilled that the English Riviera Wheel is returning to the resort as it proved a very popular new attraction last year and provides visitors with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the amazing panoramic views across South Devon's beautiful bay." The installation of the wheel will take about one week in late May or early June, by ten fully trained and qualified personnel, using an in-built hydraulic system, and will be transported to Torbay on ten specially adapted trailers.