Ferris wheel built in Dudley branded the worst tourist attraction in Britain
‘There’s nothing to see’
Residents have branded a giant Ferris wheel built in Dudley as the “worst tourist attraction in Britain” because it offers panoramic views – of DUDLEY.
The 114 foot attraction has been erected in the centre of the Black Country town in a bid to put “Dudley back on the map.”
Organisers proudly boast how it offers a birds-eye view of the regeneration of the town centre – including the zoo and castle.
But red-faced local residents living in the town and surrounding areas have criticised the move and fear it will make them a “laughing stock”.
Student Vincent Parry, 21, said: “You can see the grey concrete buildings perfectly well from the ground, you don’t need a birds-eye view of them as well.”
Other local residents are arguing that the money should be spent on more important facilities, claiming: “It has got to be the worst tourist attraction in Britain.”
Barney Fletcher, 55, a lorry driver from nearby Coseley, in the West Midlands, added: “There’s nothing to see in Dudley. It’s got a zoo and a castle and that’s it.
“Who would want to spend £4.50 to go and get an elevated view of some old office buildings, an abandoned bingo hall and a shopping centre?
“We’ll be a laughing stock. I wonder if the guides will point out any points of interest like Lenny Henry’s house.”
Internet users also took to Twitter to mock the Dudley wheel – which has also been nicknamed the ‘Dudl-Eye’, ironically how the town is pronounced in a West Midlands accent.
Alex Price wrote: “Dudley is a shithole, the roads are terrible, schools are being shut down due to no funding but hey at least we have a Ferris wheel.”
Managing Director of Dudley Market Traders Association Len Lenihan, was positive about the attraction, and said: “I’m hoping it will be a fantastic attraction for people to come to Dudley.
“It will be the first time we will have an attraction this big in the Black Country and it will be able to showcase the regeneration of what has gone on in the town over the last few years.”
If you all want a fantastic view of the historic Dudley, head down to the Museum and Art Gallery this week.