The Big Wheel was back on Eastbourne seafront yesterday opposite The Grand Hotel on the Western Lawns.

The 35-metre high big wheel is run by De Koning Leisure Group, which has 20 years of experience operating ferris wheels.

The site will operate from April 1 until October 31 with the process of dismantling completed by the end of November.

Last year the wheel stayed longer than expected – more than 25,000 people went on it.

Head of tourism and enterprise for Eastbourne Annie Wills said, “Tourism and enterprise are very supportive of this.

“This is a fabulous attraction on Eastbourne seafront and will generate an income for both the council and the wider community.”