Chairlift countdown . . . 1

Staff are counting down to tomorrow’s launch of our much-loved chairlift.

dzg_chairlift_sandbags_peter2   Final checks are taking place and today’s test runs will see visitors – including CEO Peter Suddock pictured above – hopping on and off the aerial ropeway which last operated in 2002.   Incidentally, all those 80kg sandbags we used yesterday morning to load-test the chairs won’t be wasted – they’ll be used for concreting fencing and posts around animal enclosures!   dzg_chairlift_sandbags_peter2   And to make sure our younger visitors pass the height test Presenter Becky Iwahashi has created a special penguin guide chart that indicates the required 1.1metres.    dzg_chairlift_sandbags_peter2  

Tomorrow’s official ceremony, which will be carried out by BBC Radio WM presenter Jenny Wilkes, follows a three-month £117,000 Heritage Lottery-funded refurbishment of the country’s only vintage chairlift and will take place at 11am  . . . watch this space.