New 70-metre ride set up in Market Square - but rain puts dampener on opening

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A 70-metre-high ride in the Old Market Square offering breathtaking views of the entire city opened today.

The StarFlyer, which is believed to be the tallest mobile ride in the UK, will be taking thrill seekers 60m above the city for a spin for the next 10 days.

Although it was a rather windy and chilly experience for those braving the rain today, it seems when the sun comes out again the ride could be a hit.

Jacqueline Crockwood, 64, of Sherwood, said: “I would give it a go and regret it definitely, it looks good fun.

“We have a big, open space here and we should be using it as much as we can.”

Rhys Aindow, 22, a bartender from Gedling , said: “If the weather gets better in the next few days, I might try it.

“I have been on something similar at the Goose Fair. It is nice that it is in the middle of the square, you will be able to see quite far, but probably not today.”

However not everyone was so enthusiastic, with Siobhan O’Doherty, 19, a student from Sherwood, saying: “It is not something I would normally go on.

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“I am scared of heights, I like my feet to be on the ground. I don’t even like looking at it when I walk past, it makes me nervous.”

It is run by Mellors Group Events who have also been responsible for other attractions in the square such as the Winter Wonderland and the Nottingham Beach.

Day Crofts, 29, a bar and events manager for the company, admitted that the morning had been busier than the wetter afternoon, adding: “In good weather it will attract a lot of people.

“I can understand why people might not want to go up today, hopefully the weather will sort itself out and people can have a great time on it.”

From the top of the ride punters can see for miles with sights including Meadow Lane, the City Ground and Nottingham Castle.

The ride will open daily from 10am to 10pm until February 25 and it has capacity for 24 people on a four-minute spin.

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Prior to its arrival in Nottingham it has been to Hyde Park and Southbank Centre in London, Sheffield, Manchester as well as Newcastle.

Tickets are £5 for adults, £4 for under 12s, £4 for concessions, £16 for a family (two adults, two children) and is open to ages six and up with a minimum height of 1.2m.