Weymouth Eye seafront tower opens to the public

Weymouth Eye viewing gondola
Image caption Rides on the attraction will take about 10 minutes

A £3.5m seafront viewing tower on the Dorset coast has opened to the public.

The 53m (173ft) Weymouth Eye has a gondola which takes visitors up to give them views of the harbour and the Jurassic Coast.

The platform rotates four times and rides on the attraction are expected to take about 10 minutes.

It was due to open in July for the Olympics but has been finished ahead of schedule. More than 200,000 people are expected to visit it in its first year.

Sections of the tower were transported from France and Hungary.

The central steel column was assembled in five sections, each weighing 11 tonnes.

The crown, which was lifted into place in March, also controls the engine which will drive the viewing gondola.

Weymouth and Portland will host the Olympic sailing events during the 2012 Games.

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