The popular Ferris wheel in Largs could be forced to move from its regular position this summer, the News has learned.

The 32-metre-tall wheel first came to the town in 2021 and was a hit with visitors.

Operator Calvin Thomson successfully applied to North Ayrshire Council last year to bring the attraction back for ten weeks every year until 2024.

The attraction is set to return for six weeks in the summer - but it might not be at its usaul site, to the south of Vanduara on the promenade.

Permissions were gained by the operators allow for the attraction to run between the third Thursday in July and the first Monday in September.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Possible new location? Mackerston Putting GreenPossible new location? Mackerston Putting Green (Image: Newsquest)

Conservative councillor Tom Marshall explained: "The Ferris wheel operator wants to come to Largs and wants to come to its regular location at Vanduara, but the problem is that they are going to start works on replacing the sea wall at Vanduara.

"That means that the grass area would be closed off.

"As an alternative, we suggested last year that the Ferris wheel could go to the south west corner of Mackerston, but there has been no decision made because the sea wall works may be delayed.

"That would mean that the big wheel operator could come to Vanduara at the start of July, before the sea wall works start."

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Night vision - Ferris wheel illuminates after darkNight vision - Ferris wheel illuminates after dark (Image: Ian Rutherford/Largs News Camera Club)

The wheel is 32 metres tall and in previous years had 24 pods suspended above the promenade to the south of Vanduara.

The 105-foot-tall attraction was manufactured and purchased brand new in 2018 and has been made to the highest specifications by Technical Park, one of the largest manufacturers in the amusements industry.

The structure boasts an LED light show which runs in different sequences.

It has 24 individual gondolas, seating up to six people per carriage, with each offering unobstructed 360 degree panoramic views, and includes disabled access on a specially made gondola.

The wheel has previously also been at Glasgow’s Christmas market, Portobello beach near Edinburgh - and at a wedding in Switzerland.