Dazzling opening for S'pore Flyer
It got the thumbs-up from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who said the Flyer offered a remarkable view of 'our beautiful city' after a ride on it. -ST
THE Singapore Flyer was officially launched in style last night with a dazzling laser light show and fireworks display.
It also got the thumbs-up from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who said the Flyer offered a remarkable view of 'our beautiful city' after a ride on it.
Noting that the 165m-tall wheel was the latest addition to Singapore's constantly growing and changing skyline, Mr Lee pointed out the many things that were happening around Marina Bay, including the upcoming integrated resort and F1 circuit.
Mr Lee, the guest of honour at the event, said the Flyer's management was optimistic that the $240-million observation wheel would do well and become 'one of the busiest in the world'.
He kicked off yesterday's festivities by beating on a drum to set off the laser and fireworks displays.
The evening was not all about glitz, though - a cheque for $28,000 was presented to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
The cheque was handed to ST's editor, Mr Han Fook Kwang, by the chairman of the Singapore Flyer, Mr Florian Bollen.The money came from the attraction's board and management.
The Flyer - the world's highest for now - has been open to the public since March 1.
Said Mr Bollen: 'The wheel stands for wholeness, perfection, progress and speed - all of which fit Singapore's character very well.'
This article was first published in The Straits Times on April 16, 2008.
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