20,000 people rode on giant ferris wheel in Victoria Square

The Bolton News: The giant ferris wheel The giant ferris wheel

BOLTON’S Winter Wonderland has been hailed a huge success after nearly 20,000 people flocked to the town’s giant wheel.

Official figures show 19,486 people took the skies on the ride, which dominated Victoria Square for four weeks.

And a further 8,536 people put on skates and went on the 200sq metre ice rink outside Bolton Town Hall — an increase of 26 per cent on last year.

The giant ferris wheel was open for 23 days, meaning nearly 1,000 people a day made use of the festive attraction.

Town Hall bosses have confirmed it could be back next year, along with other new attractions.

Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said he was thrilled so many people enjoyed the attractions, which were organised in a bid to bring more people into the town.

He added: “The giant wheel was a new addition to our Winter Wonderland programme, which we thought would be a very popular attraction, and with nearly 20,000 people using it we know it has been a massive success.

“We’ve had really positive feedback about the ride from the public and town centre retailers. It created a really good atmosphere, along with our other attractions, throughout the Christmas period.

“We’re already thinking ahead to Christmas, 2014, and looking into bringing it back along with other new features.”

Other attractions in Victoria Square included Santa’s grotto, a speciality market featuring local traders and street entertainment.

There was also a free musical train in Newport Street.

Malcolm Angus, manager of Crompton Place shopping centre, said it was “fantastic” to hear that so many people enjoyed the wheel.

He added: “Anything that brings footfall in the town centre is great, and the wheel had a ‘feel good’ factor to it and offered something slightly different from the norm.

“Now we just need to concentrate on the market and see it expand to be a bit bigger and offer a great variety.”

The newly revamped Bolton Market, which has undergone a £4.5 million regeneration, is due to re-open later this month.

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9:07am Wed 15 Jan 14

Bilulek says...

Quite hard to believe in these numbers, especially about the wheel. Weathers been bad most of the time - rain and strong winds. Hardly seen anyone on it...never mind 100 people a day!!!
Quite hard to believe in these numbers, especially about the wheel. Weathers been bad most of the time - rain and strong winds. Hardly seen anyone on it...never mind 100 people a day!!! Bilulek

10:00am Wed 15 Jan 14

njohnp says...

What is even harder to believe is that someone took the figure of 20,000 visits, divided it by 23 days and came up with 100 people per day. Try again. So apparently there were actually 1000 (!) people a day. Pull the other one.
What is even harder to believe is that someone took the figure of 20,000 visits, divided it by 23 days and came up with 100 people per day. Try again. So apparently there were actually 1000 (!) people a day. Pull the other one. njohnp

10:03am Wed 15 Jan 14

TopoGigio says...

Yet another load of Morris induced propaganda relating to our town centre..
Yet another load of Morris induced propaganda relating to our town centre.. TopoGigio

10:15am Wed 15 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

njohnp wrote:
What is even harder to believe is that someone took the figure of 20,000 visits, divided it by 23 days and came up with 100 people per day. Try again. So apparently there were actually 1000 (!) people a day. Pull the other one.
well spotted
[quote][p][bold]njohnp[/bold] wrote: What is even harder to believe is that someone took the figure of 20,000 visits, divided it by 23 days and came up with 100 people per day. Try again. So apparently there were actually 1000 (!) people a day. Pull the other one.[/p][/quote]well spotted oftbewildered2

10:18am Wed 15 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Judging by the number of free tickets handed out, how many actually paid.

Everytime I walked past it was empty.

it cost £70,000 as well.
Judging by the number of free tickets handed out, how many actually paid. Everytime I walked past it was empty. it cost £70,000 as well. Jim271

10:27am Wed 15 Jan 14

Cosmo_Disney says...

Good point about the journo's mathematical howler, but I am not sure the figures are actually so unbelievable. There are 24 (or so) 'gondolas', each of which can hold up to 5 people, so there could in theory be 120 people on at any one time. The rides only lasted 5 minutes or so, in which case it wouldn't be so hard to get up to the c.850 customers per day required.

I went on the wheel with my kids - trying to support the town centre - and it was fairly busy that day, and actually quite good. The skating was always either fully booked or closed for bad weather.

I bow to no one in my contempt for Cliff Morris, but this is not the right stick to beat him with.
Good point about the journo's mathematical howler, but I am not sure the figures are actually so unbelievable. There are 24 (or so) 'gondolas', each of which can hold up to 5 people, so there could in theory be 120 people on at any one time. The rides only lasted 5 minutes or so, in which case it wouldn't be so hard to get up to the c.850 customers per day required. I went on the wheel with my kids - trying to support the town centre - and it was fairly busy that day, and actually quite good. The skating was always either fully booked or closed for bad weather. I bow to no one in my contempt for Cliff Morris, but this is not the right stick to beat him with. Cosmo_Disney

10:36am Wed 15 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Each person would have had to pay £3.60 to cover the initial £70000 cost.

How much were the tickets?????
Each person would have had to pay £3.60 to cover the initial £70000 cost. How much were the tickets????? Jim271

10:36am Wed 15 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Complete and absolute bloody drivel! Do the incumbents in the 'Clown Hall' think the rest of the Bolton populous are so thick? If so then they are thicker than whale pudding!

I was in town most days over the month running up to Christmas and I never saw anyone on it. As someone previously has pointed out, looks like Clifford Morris and Co have had some pretty nifty totting up work done by someone who isn't able to count.

Try again Bolton Council without trying to make people swallow your utter bools**t.
Complete and absolute bloody drivel! Do the incumbents in the 'Clown Hall' think the rest of the Bolton populous are so thick? If so then they are thicker than whale pudding! I was in town most days over the month running up to Christmas and I never saw anyone on it. As someone previously has pointed out, looks like Clifford Morris and Co have had some pretty nifty totting up work done by someone who isn't able to count. Try again Bolton Council without trying to make people swallow your utter bools**t. wsw69

11:23am Wed 15 Jan 14

Julian Thorpe says...

njohnp wrote:
What is even harder to believe is that someone took the figure of 20,000 visits, divided it by 23 days and came up with 100 people per day. Try again. So apparently there were actually 1000 (!) people a day. Pull the other one.
This is an error on our part that has now been corrected. It should be 1,000 per day.
[quote][p][bold]njohnp[/bold] wrote: What is even harder to believe is that someone took the figure of 20,000 visits, divided it by 23 days and came up with 100 people per day. Try again. So apparently there were actually 1000 (!) people a day. Pull the other one.[/p][/quote]This is an error on our part that has now been corrected. It should be 1,000 per day. Julian Thorpe

11:53am Wed 15 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Julian - As long as I have a hole in my socks did 1,000 a day climb aboard that wheel!
Julian - As long as I have a hole in my socks did 1,000 a day climb aboard that wheel! wsw69

1:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

TopoGigio says...

We were lucky if a 1000 people went into town each day....never mind go on the wheel... spin me another one.....
We were lucky if a 1000 people went into town each day....never mind go on the wheel... spin me another one..... TopoGigio

6:06pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Malcolm Tucker says...

I love to see how annoyed you lot get when something positive happens in Bolton. Call me a cynic but I suspect you pray daily for failure, and cannot accept it when others do not agree with you and vote with their feet..

Every time I was in the centre over Christmas, the streets were packed, the shops were busy and the wheel and the rink were being well used.

It was a success and therefore good for Bolton. I know that annoys you, so at least I get a little pleasure from your endless drivel.
I love to see how annoyed you lot get when something positive happens in Bolton. Call me a cynic but I suspect you pray daily for failure, and cannot accept it when others do not agree with you and vote with their feet.. Every time I was in the centre over Christmas, the streets were packed, the shops were busy and the wheel and the rink were being well used. It was a success and therefore good for Bolton. I know that annoys you, so at least I get a little pleasure from your endless drivel. Malcolm Tucker

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