RADIO DJ, Suzie McGuire, was put in a real spin when she had to take a ride on the giant Renfrewshire Wheel – because she’s scared of heights!
The sexy Clyde 1 presenter is one of the voices on the special commentary played in each of the 30 climate-controlled capsules that takes people 40 metres into the air giving them breathtaking views up and down the River Clyde.
Suzie recorded the commentary along with Clyde 2 presenter, Bill Smith, but before going into the recording studio, Suzie had to see for herself what it was like on the Renfrewshire Wheel, next to Braehead Shopping Centre.
She revealed: “I am absolutely terrified of heights and one look at the size of the Renfrewshire Wheel had me worried. Walking up a flight of stairs is usually enough for me, so I was really apprehensive about being lifted 40 metres into the air.
“However, there was nothing else for it but to get in the capsule and take a ride high into the sky, so I could actually see what I would be talking about in the commentary.”
Suzie was surprised how safe she felt once inside the capsule: “Once I got into the pod and the wheel started turning, I was fine and didn’t at all feel afraid. Anyway the fabulous views up and down the Clyde more that took my mind off any fear of heights I had.
“Having a big wheel like this at Braehead is a brilliant idea and it has become a real landmark as it can be seen for miles.
“The views are so good that if I had a window in the radio studios at Clydebank, everybody on the big wheel would be able to see me giving them a wave while I was broadcasting.”
A spokesman for the Renfrewshire Wheel said: “Good on Suzie for overcoming her fear of heights to take a ride on the wheel – she’s a really brave girl. But it just goes to show that even someone who is scared of heights can enjoy a ride on the wheel.”
Notes to editors
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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