Wheely good event for charity

Judith Hunter in her historic Great Wheel carriage.
Judith Hunter in her historic Great Wheel carriage.
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A rare chance to catch a glimpse of Blackpool history raised £300 for charity.

Judith Hunter, of St Michael’s, held an open day at her home where she has the last remaining piece of the Blackpool Great Wheel.

The wheel, built in 1896, was once a major attraction in the resort, but it grew too old and slow and was taken down in 1928.

Every now and then, Mrs Hunter and husband Peter open the 28ft by 9ft carriage to the public.

The most recent open day, held last month, raised £300 for Marie Curie cancer care.

Artefacts from the Great Wheel were on display and Mrs Hunter sold jars of home-made jams.

Mrs Hunter said: “It went really well.

“It was lovely to hear people’s stories about the Great Wheel, some extraordinary coincidences came up in conversation.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along, who donated and who helped make it a success.”

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