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Saturday, October 16, 1999 Published at 01:39 GMT 02:39 UK

World: Europe

Millennium wheel to go upright

London's giant Millennium Wheel is expected to be hauled into its final upright position today.

The wheel will be supported by huge cables running into the ground -- this has never been attempted before.

The first stage of the lift took place last weekend.

In the weeks to come, the driving mechanism to make the wheel turn will be installed and the glass capsules -- that will carry eight-hundred passengers -- attached.

Despite last month's failed attempt to lift the wheel, the organisers say they're confident the wheel, on a prime site in the centre of London, will be up and turning by new year's eve.

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