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Fight to keep big wheel turning
The big wheel
The 60m-high wheel is lit by 60,000 light bulbs
Council officials in Manchester are trying to keep the city's big wheel turning.

The 60m (196ft) observation wheel offers a bird's eye view of Manchester and the region, from its current home at Exchange Square.

Planned building work in the area, which is due to start soon, means the wheel will have to be dismantled.

Manchester City Council bosses are meeting with owners World Tourist Attractions, to discuss moving it.

'Boosts business'

Margaret Nuttall, from Manchester City Council, said: "We are very pleased the wheel has been so well received throughout the years it has been here and we would like to see it continue in Manchester."

The wheel, lit by 60,000 light bulbs, offers views for miles with commentary on the sights in the capsules.

There is one luxury capsule with a plasma screen TV and DVD, leather interior, glass floor, heating and air conditioning.

Chris Fletcher, policy director at Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said the big wheel had become "very important" to surrounding businesses and had "enhanced the retail experience" for shoppers.

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