The Danter family alongside Barry Town Council Mayor, Charlotte Williams and Sponsors yesterday hosted the first official ride of the Ferris Wheel at Barry Island Pleasure Park, dubbed ‘The Barry Eye’.
After speeches and donations made to the Mayor’s Charity, Ty Hafan and the RNLI, Mayor Charlotte Williams cut the red ribbon to much excitement, as both riders young and old(er!) who had generously sponsored carriages of the Wheel gathered to take their seats.
The Daily Vale carriage hosted both current and past pupils of All Saints Primary School, Barry. Millie, aged 8, said, “I love it! There’s a good view from here – Hello World! I’d give this ride 100 out of 10!”
Another sponsor, Tony Hopkins of Vic Hopkins Butchers said, “It was a great day, a big crowd and the views were amazing. By sponsoring one of the cars you’re helping to put something back into the community as the money went to local charities.”
A ride on the wheel, costing 4 Pleasure Park tokens, offers a unique view of Barry from above ground. To one side the expanse of beach and stunning flower gardens and to the other, the fairground and the community beyond. I’m sure I spotted my own house!
Sponsors Barrybados were present, “We were honoured and proud to be part of the Barry Eye Launch. It was such a good day on many levels, we were joined by our former primary school All Saints and all the kids had fun, a large amount of money was raised for charity and the occasion brought the whole community together.”
A crowd beginning their half term fun and family members gathered to watch the riders alight, the ‘Barry Eye’ is sure to become a popular ‘must do’ ride at the Pleasure Park.
I caught up with Dave Beadle, Barry Round Table Chairman “It was a great pleasure for Barry Round Table to support local, good causes and to #DoMore in #OurCommunity. Seeing the developments and growth of Barry from the top of the wheel is amazing.”
So, while the October sun still shines over us pop this on your to do list! Wrap up warm, it’s cold at the top!