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An overnight sensation as 'Hunstanton eye' erected on seafront

A giant Ferris wheel has been erected on the seafront in Hunstanton - and it has left at least one other trader the resort distraught.

Rosemary McGinn, 73, says she fears she will now not be able to get her ponies down to the beach for children to ride.

The 100ft high big wheel on the empty site of the former Kit Kat Club in Seagate Road began to be erected on Wednesday. It was mostly completed by today.

Mrs McGinn, a member of the Searles family, who first operated donkey rides on the beach when she was 10, runs her business with her husband Terry and daughter Trudy Desborough, said she could not believe a "monstrosity" could just be erected without consultation or permission.

She said: "The first I knew about it was when my daughter rang me yesterday morning. She said 'Mum there is a giant Ferris wheel being erected in front of the old Kit Kat Club. It you told me it was April Fool's Day I wouldn't have believed you.

"I call it a monstrosity ... It can be seen from every part of the town.

"Apparently other traders knew about it through facebook but no-one told me, which very much saddens me. It is not like the old days.

"My ponies will not go past that to get on to the beach. Even if it was not moving, I'm not sure they would go past it. Horses are very senitive and fearful of things towering above them.

"The only other way to get on the beach would be by the SeaLife Centre but we would need permission to go through there."

Mrs McGinn said she had heard the wheel was intended to be there until August.

Her business has suffered a disastrous year as lockdown has meant she could only work for eight weeks last year yet had to feed her dozen or more ponies.

"I just feel let down," she said.

West Norfolk Council told the Lynn News that the Ferris wheel is on private land and as long as it has permission from then can legally stay there for 56 days. Any questions on safety would be for the Health and Safety Executive to decide.

"We have had no involvement at all," said the spokeswoman.

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