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Edinburgh's Christmas: Star Flyer ride reopens

Star Flyer
Image caption The Star Flyer is one of the major attractions of Edinburgh's Christmas

A 200ft (60m) Christmas carnival ride in Edinburgh which was shut down on Friday after a plastic underside fell off a carriage has reopened after safety checks.

The incident occurred while the Star Flyer was being raised as part of the event, Edinburgh's Christmas.

Organisers said its seats were about 80ft (25m) off the ground when the large plastic piece fell.

No-one on the ground was hurt in the incident in St Andrew Square.

Event organisers Underbelly said the plastic underside to the carriage "was not integral to the seat or to the ride" and "at no point was the safety of the passengers on the ride jeopardised".

In a statement it said: "The incident occurred as the Star Flyer was being raised.

"The seats were approximately 80ft off the ground and the seats had not yet begun to revolve fully.

"The ride was immediately stopped and the carriages were lowered down. No-one on the ground was injured.

"Public safety is of paramount importance to Edinburgh's Christmas and we apologise unreservedly for this incident."

High winds

Underbelly said the incident was "completely unrelated" to routine maintenance which was carried out on the ride earlier on in the day, adding that the ride was reopened after checks were carried out by an independent safety inspector.

The organisers also said they took the decision to keep the ride closed because of the gale force winds which hit Edinburgh on Saturday.

Underbelly added: "Edinburgh's Christmas welcomes visitors to the Star Flyer, many versions of which are currently running in cities across the UK and Europe and have been doing so for several years.

"The Star Flyer has attracted over 45,000 customers since it opened on 22 November and remains a fantastic part of the City's festive celebrations.

"Further high winds are forecast for the Christmas period, which may require the Star Flyer and other parts of the sites to be temporarily closed."

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