Southsea Solent Wheel taking shape

The main part of the Solent Wheel is put up at Clarence Pier
The main part of the Solent Wheel is put up at Clarence Pier

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STANDING tall, the stunning Solent Wheel along Portsmouth’s seafront is taking shape.

The final piece of the family attraction at Clarence Pier is now being fitted before the public get the chance to ride it for the first time.

The 100ft wheel, which will feature 24 gondolas, each seating six passengers, was made in Italy by attractions firm Technical Park.

Pier bosses forked out £750,000 to have it made.

It was shipped over on Saturday night and co-owner Jill Norman says she hopes to have it open to the public by either Tuesday or Wednesday ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Adult tickets will cost £6 each and it will be £4 for children aged four to 16.

Toddlers aged one to three can go on the ride for £2.

Visitors can also pay £40 for the ‘ultimate VIP gondola experience’, which will include a glass of bubbly for those 18 and over.

The VIP gondola will take a maximum of four passengers.