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Sunday, October 17, 1999 Published at 18:50 GMT 19:50 UK


UK

Millennium Wheel: In pictures



London's 1,500-tonne Millennium Wheel has finally been pulled upright after a final winching operation over the weekend.

It is now 450ft above the River Thames - taking a prominent position on the London skyline.

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The giant wheel began in a horizontal position just above the River Thames.


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Hundreds of spectators were disappointed when the first attempt to lift the wheel failed.


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But a second attempt early in October lifted the London Eye to a 32° tilt, beginning the long winching process.


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The next day the wheel was at 65°, making it higher than Big Ben across the river.


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The lifting has provided a spectacular sight for Londoners using Westminster Bridge and the Embankment.


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At last, the wheel is pulled upright to take its place as London's fourth-highest structure.


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When the wheel opens in January passengers are promised an incredible view.




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