The iconic Chairlift at Dudley Zoo & Castle is due to re-open this Bank Holiday Weekend.
A visitor chairlift was erected between the zoo's entrance and the castle in 1958. It was taken out of use in 2000 due to health and safety concern.
The £100,000 scheme to refurbish the lift has taken four months and will bring the chairlift back into use for the first time in 12 years. The ride has been refurbished by Rundles of Boston who normally restore fairground rides.
Final preparations are being made including installing the 42 seats which will carry people from the zoo’s lower level near the main entrance, high above the animals, to the 11th century Dudley Castle in two minutes.
There will be panoramic views across Sandwell to Birmingham while families travel directly over flamingoes, llamas and rare breed sheep grazing on the banks.
I was there yesterday and managed to get some photos.
And as it was in the 1950's....