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Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 18:39 GMT 19:39 UK


Picture gallery: The lifting of the London Eye

The lifting of the world's largest Ferris wheel into position by the River Thames has hit a snag after a cable broke loose.

The massive project is due to be opened on millennium eve by Prime Minister Tony Blair - and it is hoped that it will be back on track next week.

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The final piece of this enormous jigsaw was put in place in July as Londoners prepared to see their skyline change for ever.

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With just days to go before it was due to be lifted into position, the 1,500 tonne wheel, lying on its side over the River Thames, was already a tourist attraction.

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All the equipment was in place to lift the London Eye, an operation which was expected to take 16 hours.

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Workmen made final checks on Friday morning in the shadow of another famous London landmark, Big Ben.

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But the operation had to be halted when a cable broke free. Now the plans are on hold until next week at least - though project leaders are confident they will soon be back on schedule.

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And this artist's impression shows just what a difference the wheel will make - eventually.

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