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Piccadilly Gardens showing its star quality

Starflyer 3Piccadilly Gardens is showing its star quality this week, welcoming a brand new attraction that will leave visitors reaching for the sky and give Manchester a new icon on the city skyline.

The Manchester Starflyer, a Mellors Group attraction, is similar to the traditional chair-flyer rides, but with one exceptional difference – altitude!

The Starflyer, the newest sensation in the world of tower rides, will transport up to 24 people at a time 70 meters into the air, offering a unique view of the city and surrounding areas with all the excitement of a modern fairground ride that will make people want to ride it again and again.

The attraction, which has already thrilled thousands of people on London’s Southbank during last year’s Olympics and in Hyde Park for the Winter Wonderland at Christmas, will fly into action at midday on Friday 29 March in time for Easter weekend, and remain until 30 June 2013.

It is thought the Manchester Starflyer could attract up to 10,000 people per week to the city centre, generating an income at no cost to the council – some of which will be reinvested into the Piccadilly Gardens area and support future events in the city.

This addition is the first step in making Piccadilly Gardens a truly family friendly destination for the city, and will be followed by a new children’s play area in the summer. A Task Force, led by city centre spokesperson, Cllr Pat Karney, will also be set up to review and tackle the community safety issues in the Gardens.

The Starflyer will be open throughout the day from 10am to 10pm – giving thrill seekers the extraordinary opportunity to view Manchester from the sky at night.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s city centre spokesperson, said: “We want Piccadilly Gardens to be a top family friendly destination and this star attraction will make the most of this great space. In the Manchester Starflyer, we have a ride that offers not only white knuckle excitement, but is also a real statement – a brand new icon of the Manchester skyline – and will attract thousands of people to the city centre.”

The Mellors Group’s Richard Spurr said: “We are hugely excited to be bringing such a spectacular attraction to the heart of Manchester for the very first time. As the biggest of its kind in Europe, it will provide a stunning focal point to what is already a dynamic and enticing city. The Starflyer’s arrival means that the people of Manchester will get the opportunity to take-in views of their famous surroundings whilst enjoying the flight of their lives, and there is no question that it will attract thrill-seekers from all over the UK to visit the beating heart of The North.”

Zak and Lillia Sebouai of Stockport get set to climb the 70m of Manchester’s latest attraction, the Starflyer, ahead of its opening in Piccadilly Gardens on Good Friday.

Opening to the publStarflyer 2 kidsic Midday 29 March (Easter Weekend), the Starflyer will continue to operate until 30 June 2013 – 10am to 10pm each day.

Cost will be £6 or £20 for a family concession ticket (2 adults and 2 children)

Passengers must be over 6 years of age to ride the Starflyer.

Plans for the Starflyer will include provision for maintenance and upkeep of the lawn area within the immediate vicinity of the attraction and a full reinstatement plan included as part of the exit strategy.

For more information please visit: www.manchester.gov.ukImages supplied by Jon Parker Lee Photography Ltd. www.jonparkerlee.com

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