Media Release: No joking – big wheel goes red for Comic Relief

ONE of the River Clyde’s newest landmarks is changing colour to help launch Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day – and that’s no joke!

The giant Renfrewshire Wheel, next to Braehead Shopping Centre will be turned completely red on Thursday, January 29 for the launch of the 2009 national fundraising effort.

The 40-metre-high observation wheel is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is normally lit up in a bright white colour, which can be seen for miles around. But the structure will be transformed to red for the launch.

Comic Relief Red Nose Day 2009 is on Friday, March 13 when the BBC features a night of comedy and fundraising on our televisions. But the Comic Relief fundraising officially starts on Thursday with the launch of this year’s appeal.

A spokesperson for the Renfrewshire Wheel’s operators, World Tourist Attractions, said: “Everybody has been talking about the big wheel and how it has become a landmark along The Clyde.

“It’s a spectacular sight when it’s lit up at night and I’m sure it will be even more noticeable when its colour changes to red.

“We’re delighted to take part in the launch of Comic Relief 2009 and we’ll be turning the wheel red again on March 13 as well as raising money ourselves for the appeal.”

The Renfrewshire Wheel weighs more than 300 tons and this graceful giant will gently lift you into the air as you sit in a fully-enclosed, climate-controlled capsule keeping you comfortable no matter what the weather is like.

The journey lasts around 13 minutes providing spectacular 360-degree views upriver of Glasgow city, or downriver to Inverclyde and Argyll.

And for that extra special occasion, the Renfrewshire Wheel has its own VIP capsule available, complete with leather seats, DVD, a glass floor and champagne on ice.

The wheel is open daily, Monday to Friday, 10am to 9pm; Saturday, 10am to 6.30pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm.

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