Wheel of Nottingham set for return this weekend

Wheel of NottinghamThe Wheel of Nottingham will be returning to the city centre this Saturday after a four year absence following the decision in 2011 to put an end to the attraction.

The 60-metre tall wheel will appear in the Old Market Square from Saturday, January 31 to Sunday, February 22.

The wheel had originally been nicknamed the Nottingham Eye but was renamed to the Wheel of Nottingham after the owners of the London Eye threatened legal action.

The dates will mark a comeback for the ferris wheel which had visited the city centre from 2008 to 2011 before the owners decided not to bring it back.

 Owners Mellors Group had said that due to rising costs and the decline of visitors they had no choice but to not bring the wheel back in 2012.

However, after a long four years, the company has decided to return it to the Market Square.

David Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “It gives the city centre a bit of focus and interest.

“I’ve been on it in the past and it gives a fantastic 360-degree view that goes way beyond the city boundaries.”

Experience Nottinghamshire chief executive Jennifer Spence said: “It adds an interesting view to the city for visitors and gives them even more to do while on a break in Nottingham.”

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