This is the latest spinning spectacular addition to Central Pier’s selection of rides – and it’s not for the faint hearted.
Bosses at the Pier have introduced their new Skyrider attraction in time for the Illuminations to give thrillseekers a birdseye view of the lights show as they are spun high in the sky.
The 32-seater ride offers a revolving view of the famous lights for thrillseekers brave enough to take on its 32 metre height.
The ride is located on the headland next to the Pier and has arrived on the back of a stint at Dorset Steam Fair.
Rob Jones, Central Pier manager, said: “It’s an opportunity for us to use this extra land which was created when they changed the sea wall and we hope it’s going to be here until the end of the Illuminations.
“New attractions are great for the town. There’s always demand for new rides in Blackpool which is why the Pleasure Beach is always investing so much money.”
Some of first riders to experience the attraction gave it the thumbs up and believe it will be a boost to the town during the Illuminations.
Grace Roberts, 32, of George Street, Blackpool, said: “I love rides like this.
“I went on it when it got here on Tuesday night and it was the best view of the Illuminations.
“You could see the Tower and the Pleasure Beach and it was fabulous.”
Leanne Tuck, 22, of Tarnway Avenue, Thornton, added: “It was really good fun and gives you a great view of Blackpool.
“It will be even better when the lights come on and you can see them.”
Holidaymakers Mark MacInnes, 38, and his wife, Eilidh, 33, were visiting the resort from The Highlands and gave the ride a go.
Mr MacInnes said: “We both really enjoyed it.
“It’s a really good view of Blackpool and will be good for all age groups.”
Mrs MacInnes added: “I was worried it would go up too fast but it was nice and gentle and not too fast.”
Facts and figures on town’s new attraction
• Central Pier opened on May 30, 1868 and was the second built in Blackpool after North Pier.
• It boasts a number of rides, shows and the Central Pier Family Entertainment Centre.
• The Skyrider is the latest addition to Central Pier and arrives from the Dorset Steam Fair.
• It seats 32 people and rises 32 metres into the air.
• Riders will be able to go on the attraction until the Illuminations end on November 10.
• Hundreds of LED lights are fitted to the structure, creating a spectacular vision of its own.
• Central Pier is also the home of a 33 metre high ferris wheel which was installed in 1990.