Special display at Llandudno Pier’s Ferris Wheel to honour the Queen

LLANDUDNO Pier paid its own tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a special display on its Ferris wheel on the evening of the day she died.

The Queen died aged 96 on Thursday, September 8, after 70 years on the British throne, making her the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

In recognition, the Ferris wheel at the pier showed a picture of the Queen in the centre circle, while lit up in red, white and blue; the colours of the Union Flag.

This has remained on display since the Queen’s death, and will be throughout the national period of mourning, which concludes on September 19.

North Wales Pioneer: Llandudno Pier's Ferris wheel paid its own tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with this display. (Photo: Alan Taylor / YouTube: AL4N777)Llandudno Pier’s Ferris wheel paid its own tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with this display. (Photo: Alan Taylor / YouTube: AL4N777)

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Paul Williams, general manager at Llandudno Pier, said: “We believe that it was the right thing to do on learning of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“Llandudno Pier Wheel is such an iconic landmark along the North Wales coast and it gives both a fitting tribute to Her Majesty as well as a focal point for the public to gather their thoughts.

“As with the rest of the country, we are all deeply saddened, and our thoughts go out to the Royal Family at this time.

“We will keep the wheel lit up all the way though this period of mourning as a mark of respect.”

North Wales Pioneer: Llandudno Pier remembers Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Rachel HylandLlandudno Pier remembers Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Rachel Hyland

The Queen visited Venue Cymru theatre in Llandudno in 2010, where she met groups of volunteers from across Conwy and Denbighshire working with scouts, guides and the elderly.

She was also given a special musical performance by members of Llandudno Youth Theatre and Ensemble Cymru, as well as a preview of Llandudno’s Victorian Extravaganza festival that year.

The Llandudno Pier Ferris wheel, which is 21 metres high, has 18 gondoliers holding six people each.

Llandudno Pier owner, Adam Williams, commissioned Italian manufacturer Lamborghini to design the £1million, custom-made wheel.

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