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Big wheel wins two week reprieve
The big wheel
The 60m-high wheel is lit by 60,000 light bulbs
Manchester's big wheel is to remain in its current home for a further two weeks as discussions on moving it to another site continue.

The 60m (196ft) high observation wheel in Exchange Square offers a bird's eye view of Manchester and the region.

The attraction was supposed to close on Sunday to allow Manchester City Council to refurbish paved areas of the square.

Council bosses will meet wheel owners, World Tourist Attractions, next week to discuss other sites in the city.

The council is keen to keep the wheel in Manchester as it has been so well received since a similar one first arrived in 2004.

Chris Fletcher, policy director at Manchester Chamber of Commerce, has said the big wheel has become "very important" to surrounding businesses.

The wheel, similar to the London Eye, offers views for miles with each capsule providing commentary on the surrounding landscape.

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




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