Work has begun on constructing the Birmingham Wheel - a decade on from when it was first introduced to the city.

The wheel will open for business for the first time on Saturday, November 16, and will provide festive cheer alongside the new ice rink.

Brummies have taken the wheel, a regular feature of festive celebrations in Centenery Square, to their hearts after it was first opened on November 6 2003.

 

The first wheel, the Roue De Paris, was brought over from France, and there have been several incarnations since. It was known as the Birmingham Mail Wheel for a period - after the Post's sister paper - and was also operated by World Touristy Attractions for a period.

In September 2006, the second wheel closed after it was sold to an Australian company; it was then dismantled and transported to Australia.

This year it will offer the opportunity of never-before-seen views of the new Library of Birmingham.