Ferris wheel return for town’s Christmas

The big wheel on the Flat Iron car park in Chorley at Christmas 2012
The big wheel on the Flat Iron car park in Chorley at Christmas 2012
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Back by popular demand - a giant ferris wheel will return to dominate the Chorley skyline this Christmas.

Many people are still enjoying summer holidays, but Chorley Council bosses are already busy planning for this year’s festivities.

“At the end of last year we asked people what Christmas attraction they would like to see in Chorley and the majority voted for the return of the giant festive ferris wheel, so we’re delighted to see it come back.”

Coun Peter Wilson

And they have announced that the 100ft ferris wheel that was placed on the Flat Iron car park in 2012 is returning.

Coun Peter Wilson, who has responsibility for the town centre and events for the council, said: “Christmas may seem a long way off but it will be here before we know it and we’ve already got lots of exciting plans in the pipeline to make Chorley’s Christmas celebrations the best yet.

“At the end of last year we asked people what Christmas attraction they would like to see in Chorley and the majority voted for the return of the giant festive ferris wheel, so we’re delighted to see it come back.

“The ferris wheel is a fantastic Christmas attraction, measuring more than 100ft high and offering people a spectacular bird’s eye view of Chorley and beyond. If you didn’t get chance to have a go last time, I would certainly recommend it.

“Over the past few years, the council has worked hard to create a real festive buzz about the town and offer something different from other areas. We want to continue building on this to encourage more people to visit the town and boost the local economy.

“We’ll be providing more details about all of our attractions over the forthcoming weeks and look forward to revealing even more Christmas surprises as we go along.”

The ferris wheel is expected to arrive in Chorley in mid-December and will stay for the Christmas period.

It can seat up to 144 passengers in 24 gondolas and more than 12,000 people in three weeks enjoyed a birds’ eye view of the borough and beyond when it was last in Chorley.

There was one slight mishap in 2012 though, as 20 people were stranded for almost 30 minutes after a fault on the hydraulic system.

The owner said it was the first time it had failed in nearly 13 years.

Chorley’s Christmas celebrations will start on Saturday, November 14 with a festive event culminating in the Christmas lights being switched on by a celebrity, whose identity has not yet been revealed.

The event will include performances from local and known singers and groups, and there will be a Christmas market along Fazakerley Street

Council bosses plan to get a bigger Christmas tree this year, also due to popular demand, and lights previously part of Blackpool Illuminations will be on display again.

Father Christmas will return to Astley Hall every Saturday and Sunday in December, with tickets set to go on sale in October.

The town centre will come alive with a pantomime at the end of November and festive music and entertainment every Saturday in December.

There are also plans for a link between Astley Park and the town centre, such as the land train used last year.

Father Christmas’ magical, talking Christmas post box will at Market Walk in November, enabling children to post their Christmas lists and letters direct to Lapland.