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Sky Tower, Rhyl

February 27, 2014   

The Sky Tower is a 250-foot (76 m) high tower on the main Rhyl promenade.

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The Sky Tower was originally in Glasgow. In 1988 Clydesdale Bank sponsored the construction of an observation tower for the city’s Garden Festival. At the end of the festival the tower was sold to be re-erected on the promenade at Rhyl in 1989. At this point it became ‘The Sky Tower’. The tower is 76m high and ‘gondola’ was designed to rotate as it moved up and down the tower.

The Sky Tower was closed at the end of summer 2010 and a safety review has identified necessary remedial work costing £400,000. According to Denbighshire council, the future of the tower is now in doubt in view of the sums involved in the repairs.

There are plans to revamp Rhyl and its Sky Tower. But in the meantime, the gondola has been permanently grounded after health and safety concerns. In February 2015 a teenager climbed the tower. You can watch the video here.

SOURCES and IMAGES:

http://rhyl-life.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/skytower.html

http://geotopoi.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/the-sky-tower-rhyl/ – brilliant images at this site.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyl