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Last day for Belfast's Big Wheel

Belfast big wheel

The sun shone for the final day of Belfast's Big Wheel

The last ride on Belfast's Big wheel has taken place.

The company that owns it - Great City Attractions - announced a few weeks ago it would be removed after two and a half years next to the City Hall.

The Wheel has been a familiar sight outside Belfast City Hall since it came to the city in October 2007.

It had originally been scheduled to stay for just six months, but its popularity saw its stay extended. The last ride was at 1800 BST.

Great City Attractions had lodged a planning application last year to keep it in Belfast until next summer.

The DOE said that application was still under consideration when the company decided to pull out.

The Environment Agency had objected to the wheel staying any longer as it wanted to ensure it did not become a permanent feature beside a listed building.

There had been talks about moving the wheel to Belfast's Titanic Quarter but there have been no developments on this.

The wheel has 42 gondolas, each of which can hold up to six adults and two children. Each journey lasts for about 12 minutes.

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