UK:Drama as passengers stranded on new 100ft Big Wheel in Chorley
People using the Big Wheel, costing £30,000, had a ride to remember as they were left stranded in the freezing cold this afternoon in Chorley, Lancs. The wheel had failed due to 'technical difficulties' and the fire brigade were called out by a stranded passenger at the top of the wheel.
Cllr Adrian Lowe said that the operators managed to get the stranded people and crying children to safety within 15 minutes, though other people who where there said it much longer than that.
The Big Wheel was brought into Chorley for Christmas and the New Year by the Conservative-run Chorley Council who wanted to improve the facilities of the town.
On Twitter: Terrythomas1 who was there said, attached a photo of the broken down Big Wheel:-
"Drama in Chorley, big wheel got stuck! pic.twitter.com/N4NLxwQx"
"Rescued by fire brigade @ Chorley Big Wheel http://instagr.am/p/T3JC-WoDBk/"
My friend and her young children were waiting to use it when the Big Wheel got stuck which is how I heard of the story. As it was a freezing day, they were glad not to have been stuck too. They said they now won't use the Big Wheel at all, even in the summer.
The wheel is situated on the Flat Iron car park. The ride cost just £3 for adults and £2 for children and concessions.
Though some people said it would be a great idea, some people on Twitter said it would be a waste of money.
The Big Wheel was out of use for a while and now it is in working order.
The Lancashire Evening Post published further details on the story as to why it all went horribly wrong this evening.
Cllr Adrian Lowe remained positive on Twitter after the fiasco, "2013 is nearly upon us and let's hope that Chorley prospers with more visitors brought by the lure of attractions such as the Big Wheel"