City Star Flyer ride reopens at Hull Fair

One of Hull Fair’s tallest rides, the City Star Flyer, has reopened after closing briefly on Monday evening.

Visitors to the fair contacted Hull Live reporting the ride was not open at around 6pm.

A Hull Live reporter attended the fair and confirmed the ride was not operational at the time and the shutters at the pay kiosk were also down.

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The ride, however, has since reopened.

The City Star Flyer was the scene of much drama on Saturday night at around 8pm when it stopped working, leaving 24 people on board stranded up in the air 200 feet.

Hull City Council said those on the ride on Saturday night were stuck for 12 minutes but others on the City Star Flyer told Hull Live it was anything from 20-30 minutes.

A boy aged seven was among the 24 people to be rescued when the ride stopped mid-air on Saturday night.



The City Star Flyer at Hull Fair stopped working when it was full of people on Saturday, October 9
The City Star Flyer at Hull Fair stopped working when it was full of people on Saturday, October 9

A Hull Fair goer has now claimed the City Star Flyer had also broken down earlier on Saturday.

Sarah Lowther claims her mum and daughter, eight, got stuck on the ride at around 4.30pm on Saturday.

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“There was only four people in total on the ride at the time . It went to the top and completely stopped.

“I saw the staff calling to each other and pointing at it. One went underneath the ride so I knew something was wrong.



The moment the City Star Flyer broke down on Saturday afternoon, just hours before another problem which left 24 riders stranded
The moment the City Star Flyer broke down on Saturday afternoon, just hours before another problem which left 24 riders stranded

“I’m not sure how long they were stuck at the top for but staff got the ride down and the bars on the seats wouldn’t release so they sent the ride back up.

“It started to swing again then stopped at the top again! They were at the top for about five minutes for the second time and then they got them down and off.

“To be honest my mum knew it had broken down and to keep my daughter calm and not to panic her she told her it does stop at the top to give you a view of the fair, so she stayed calm.”

Sarah added that the ride was tested while empty afterwards.

“The staff didn’t say a thing to us and no police or stewards were there. The operator just went and got more staff. They then tested the ride empty and before putting more people on it,” she said.



City Star Flyer had reopened on Monday evening by 7.45pm.
City Star Flyer had reopened on Monday evening by 7.45pm.

In relation to the later breakdown, a council spokeswoman said: “Following an incident on the City Star Flyer ride at around 8pm yesterday, Saturday, 9 October, the ride was lowered as quickly as possible, allowing members of the public to disembark safely.

“One young person was seen by the on-site first aid team, but did not require medical attention.

“The ride was closed and after a full safety inspection re-opened and operated normally for the rest of the evening.

“The safety of visitors to Hull Fair is a top priority for both the council and the fairground operator.”

But those on the ride claimed they were up there for almost half an hour.


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Zara Tomlinson, 21, from west Hull, said: “We were on the ride for ages. We had no idea what was happening. I thought the ride was just going to drop.”

Miss Tomlinson also explained how she “almost blacked out” on another ride, which made her “even more nervous.”

Another passenger, James Goodwin, 22, from west Hull, said: “We were a bit nervous and we were a bit shaky when we came down. It’s cold up there and we were getting very chilly.”

Hull Live approached the operator for comment at the fair on Saturday night but he was unable to speak at the time.

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