Shock as lights fly off Lincoln fairground ride

Some people had a scary ride as lights fell off the ‘gravity wheel’ at Lincoln Funfair and smashed into the pay desk on Tuesday evening.

The event organiser has confirmed an investigation is ongoing into the incident, which happened at the funfair on Lincoln’s South Common on Tuesday, September 18.

The lights fell off smashing into the pay desk. Photo: Sarah Broadbent

Sarah Broadbent, who was at the fair when the lights shot off the ride, contacted The Lincolnite.

She said: “The lights fell off smashing into the pay desk, spreading them across the floor and hitting some people after they came off.

“The fair attendants took off the strip of lights, but got an electric shock in the process. They set the ride off again five minutes later.”

Photo: Sarah Broadbent

Photo: Sarah Broadbent

One of the organisers at Lincoln Funfairs told The Lincolnite: “We are investigating. There was a problem with some lights yesterday (Tuesday), nobody was hurt.

“There was no major incident and the ride should be back up and running this evening (Wednesday).

“It will be reported to other bodies – the council and testing bodies, who certificate the rides.”

Photo: Lincoln Funfairs Facebook page

Recent windy weather has also raised questions about the running of the fair this week.

The funfair has now been cancelled for the evening of Wednesday, September 19, but there will be discounts on Friday and Saturday to make up for tonight’s closure. 

The City of Lincoln Council told The Lincolnite that an inspection was done on Wednesday afternoon.

A council spokesperson said: “After being made aware of the minor issue that took place last night at the South Common Fun Fair, we were very pleased to hear that no one was hurt.

“An incident report has now been completed and the operators have carried out checks to ensure the ride is safe.”