UPDATED: Work starts on building giant ferris wheel in Victoria Square

The Bolton News: The giant ferris wheel takes shape. Picture by Roy Bolton. The giant ferris wheel takes shape. Picture by Roy Bolton.

THEY say Rome wasn’t built in a day — but Bolton’s giant ferris wheel was, thanks to hardworking engineers with a head for heights.

Crowds yesterday watched them pains-takingly construct the 100ft high wheel, which will be the centrepiece of Victoria Square’s Winter Wonderland.

And three kings on two camels will join the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, as he officially opens the ferris wheel tomorrow.

They will also kick-start a four-day festive market in the square, which will feature 20 traders from across the North West selling crafts and foods.

Other entertainment planned for the day includes performances from musical quintet Red Hot Santas at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm, and singers from the Bolton Music Service perform-ing at 6pm and 6.30pm.

Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris said: “The giant wheel is a new addition to our Winter Wonderland programme and I’m sure it will be very popular with people of all ages.

“If you’ve got Christ-mas shopping still to do, come along to our festive market. There will be plenty on offer including food, gifts and crafts.”

The wheel, which seats 144 people, will be open Thursdays to Saturdays from 11am to 7.30pm, Sundays from 11am to 5.30pm, and Mondays to Wednesdays from 11am to 5.30pm.

It will be open on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, from 11am to 4pm.

The ride costs £3.50 for adults, £2 for under-16s, and £2.50 for senior citizens and students.

Family tickets at £7 cover two adults and two children or one adult and three children.

Tickets can be purchased from a box office in Victoria Square or by visiting bolton.com/winterwonderland

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2:55pm Tue 10 Dec 13

shireen says...

The ride on the wheel at london and manchester was a great experience. No doubt this one on my own doorstep will be even better due to the familiar surroundings.
The ride on the wheel at london and manchester was a great experience. No doubt this one on my own doorstep will be even better due to the familiar surroundings. shireen

4:08pm Tue 10 Dec 13

stereo_world says...

I know BN, I know you can't air your actual opinions and that's fair enough. I can't see people travelling from afar to experience the "only giant wheel in Greater Manchester this Christmas".
I know BN, I know you can't air your actual opinions and that's fair enough. I can't see people travelling from afar to experience the "only giant wheel in Greater Manchester this Christmas". stereo_world

4:36pm Tue 10 Dec 13

mdavies11 says...

It's a big wheel not a ferris wheel
It's a big wheel not a ferris wheel mdavies11

5:43pm Tue 10 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

mdavies11 wrote:
It's a big wheel not a ferris wheel
Its a Ferris Wheel, its named after George Washington Gale Ferris junior.
[quote][p][bold]mdavies11[/bold] wrote: It's a big wheel not a ferris wheel[/p][/quote]Its a Ferris Wheel, its named after George Washington Gale Ferris junior. mr.mark.c

6:10pm Tue 10 Dec 13

mdavies11 says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
mdavies11 wrote:
It's a big wheel not a ferris wheel
Its a Ferris Wheel, its named after George Washington Gale Ferris junior.
Yes, I have access to wikipedia too. But you're missing the wider context, it's never customarily called a "Ferris" wheel in the UK, except by people who watch too many American sitcoms..
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mdavies11[/bold] wrote: It's a big wheel not a ferris wheel[/p][/quote]Its a Ferris Wheel, its named after George Washington Gale Ferris junior.[/p][/quote]Yes, I have access to wikipedia too. But you're missing the wider context, it's never customarily called a "Ferris" wheel in the UK, except by people who watch too many American sitcoms.. mdavies11

6:18pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Views of the Pennines? BN have access to the best weather reporters also.

Note: BN did not mention the views of town. Spam never mentions the downsides.
Views of the Pennines? BN have access to the best weather reporters also. Note: BN did not mention the views of town. Spam never mentions the downsides. Beyond News Forum

8:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

SleepingThunder says...

Go on give it a go.You may even supprise yourself & have some fun.

Merry Christmas +
Go on give it a go.You may even supprise yourself & have some fun. Merry Christmas + SleepingThunder

10:19pm Tue 10 Dec 13

hoboh2o says...

Saw the headline and just knew the fat controllers sweaty mitts were all over this, attract shoppers or low life’s and the beggars?
Saw the headline and just knew the fat controllers sweaty mitts were all over this, attract shoppers or low life’s and the beggars? hoboh2o

11:14pm Tue 10 Dec 13

W1NGM4N says...

Here we go again! The haters are back on giving negative comments! I don't really wanna know what you guys think! Can't wait to have a ride on it.
Here we go again! The haters are back on giving negative comments! I don't really wanna know what you guys think! Can't wait to have a ride on it. W1NGM4N

11:23pm Tue 10 Dec 13

MarkAllRead says...

"THEY say Rome wasn’t built in a day — but Bolton’s giant ferris wheel was, thanks to hardworking engineers with a head for heights. Crowds yesterday watched them pains-takingly construct the..."

Yesterday? But that photo was taken at 16:36 today, on the 10th - and it's still nowhere near finished there. Was it really built in a day?
"THEY say Rome wasn’t built in a day — but Bolton’s giant ferris wheel was, thanks to hardworking engineers with a head for heights. Crowds yesterday watched them pains-takingly construct the..." Yesterday? But that photo was taken at 16:36 today, on the 10th - and it's still nowhere near finished there. Was it really built in a day? MarkAllRead

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