Visitors and residents alike attended the official opening of the Worthing Observational Wheel (WOW).

Yesterday (July, 19), the town’s mayor, Councillor Hazel Thorpe performed a ribbon cutting ceremony for its launch.

The Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Hazel Thorpe performing a ribbon cutting ceremony

Although the attraction was opened to the public last Friday, hundreds of people came to show their support regardless of the poor weather.

Cllr Thorpe said:

“I think Worthing has been seen as, not necessarily a place for families, but we’ve got a lot of families here and we’re having a lot more activities for young people.

“I think it’s just a really good asset, particularly when you view it from our wonderful pier.”

The 46 metre high seafront attraction is part of Worthing Borough Council’s plan to evolve the town centre, according to the authority.

As a ride, it will be operational seven days a week and costs a family £20, or £7 per adult and £5 per child.

Sea views from the top

Builders of the WOW said it offers unparalleled views of the town, the Downs and the sea and coastline.