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Mersey wheel ready for first spin


A BBC camera operator filmed the view from the top

Visitors to Liverpool are being offered views of the city and waterfront from 80m (262ft) up in the air.

The Liverpool One Wheel, which has been constructed on top of a building on Chavasse Park, is opening on Friday.

The 360 tonne wheel, which took three weeks to construct, can accommodate up to 240 people at a time in its 40 gondolas.

Organisers are promising "breathtaking views" of the city's landmarks and waterfront.

Chris Bliss, estate director at Liverpool One, said: "There's a real sense of excitement about the launch and we're sure this will prove to be a very popular attraction."

Liverpool One Wheel
The wheel has been constructed on top of a building

Wheel operator The Mellor Group said its position had offered a challenging build to its team of engineers.

Owner Edward Mellor said they were "delighted" with the finished result.

The wheel was transported on 11 trailers and took a team of ten riggers, working with a 72 tonne crane, to get it in the air.

Trips on the wheel will cost adults £6 and last for about 15 minutes.

Organisers say the wheel, which will stay open until the end of January, stands 20m (65.6ft) higher than its Manchester equivalent.

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