Thank you and goodnight, the Brighton Wheel.
The Wheel closed last night (Sunday 8 May) after almost five years and hundreds of thousands of customers taking a spin to see the sights – even if much of the view consisted of looking out to sea. These pictures were taken in the final hours before the ride closed for good.
So the commentary didn’t appear to have been updated. Anyone peering west when actor, writer and comedian Steve Coogan described the power station chimney will have seen the i360 looking larger than life. It is 530ft (162m) tall.
And it’s the advent of the i360 that has put paid to the Wheel which reached a height of 160ft (50m). The attraction, just east of the Palace Pier, was given planning permission on condition that it closed before the i360 opened.
And the i360 is due to open this summer. A plea by the Wheel’s operator – Paramount Attractions – for a stay of execution was turned down last year by Brighton and Hove City Council.
The Wheel is due to be dismantled this week. It has been advertised for sale.
On Thursday (5 May) plans were submitted for a new attraction on the Wheel site – at Dalton’s Bastion. Paramount wants to operate a 1,000ft (300m) zip wire. Full details are expected to emerge in the next few days.