Loved-up Liverpudlians are already proposing on the new
big wheel outside the Echo Arena, after it opened just in
time for Valentine’s Day.
The novel way of declaring devotion has already seen one
couple get engaged on Saturday, despite the wheel having
only been open for little over six hours.
The 60 metre-high observation wheel opened to the public on Saturday afternoon as a trial run for the official opening on Sunday in perfect time for Valentines Day.
Mr Lennie Killgallon, 54, from Doncaster plans to set a date with his wife Suzie to renew their wedding vows on the wheel to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
He said: “We were going to go to Gambia to do it, but we spend most of our life in Liverpool so I thought it would be nice to do it here, and it’s a novel thing to do. I’m going to book out the VIP pod. I’m not sure when yet though, I’ve got to ask my wife first!”
The new construction will feature 42 fully air-conditioned pods, including one VIP pod with a DVD player, champagne fridge and leather seating.
Simon Johnson, manager of the newly-sponsored Echo Wheel in Liverpool, said many couples have got engaged whilst on their wheels in the past and believes that the Valentine’s Day opening will encourage more partners to propose.
He said: “I worked on the wheel in Birmingham and we had proposals all the time. I think it’s a bit different. There’s a VIP pod that people can book out for special occasions so it makes it a bit nicer.”
The new wheel, which opened just two weeks after the Liverpool One Wheel closed, boasts stunning views of the River Mersey, the Welsh mountains and World Heritage Site waterfront.
Charlotte Brassey, who works for Great City Attractions, the wheel operator, said: “It’s been really, really busy... we’ve had a lot of couples coming on.
“I think it will be popular because the pods are enclosed, so it’s not horrible and cold and windy when you are at the top.”
Great City Attractions has 12 wheels in total across the world, including Germany, Denmark and Australia.
The attraction will be in place for 12 months and costs £6.50 per person. Tickets can be booked online at www.worldtouristattractions.co.uk or bought on the day.
By Louisa Collington, Website Editor
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The second big wheel to arrive in the city lately has 42 air-conditoned pods (Pictures: Vegard Grott)