Business is booming for Torquay’s ‘Big wheel’
Written by Jay Richards on 24/09/2020
Business is booming for Torquay’s ‘Big wheel’ on Torquay seafront.
The big wheel has been running for 8 years from Easter through to mid-October and features new non-enclosed, open “Codid-19” adapted carriages. The wheel arrived on Monday July 6 2020 on 10 huge specially adapted trailers and installation takes about one week with 10 fully trained and qualified workers using an inbuilt hydraulic system.
Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for, Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, Torbay Council, said: “we are thrilled that the Big Wheel is here to offer breath-taking 360-degree views of the Bay”.
Manageress, Virginia Cooke said “This is a new wheel for Covid, as you can see it’s open air. The other one was encased. We’ve been ok with this by disinfecting all the seats and the bars, every time anyone gets off, whereas if we had the other wheel, we wouldn’t have been able to do that”
James Mellors, a Director of Mellors Group, the owners of the attraction said: “This will be the eighth year we have featured an attraction in Torbay. This year our attraction has been specifically chosen to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines with both open air and rotating gondolas, which will bring a brand-new exciting experience for the entire family”.