Top carriages removed from big wheel at Edinburgh's Christmas Market as Storm Brendan batters Capital

The Market announced it would be closed until further notice due to the gale force winds.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 3:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 3:36 pm

The top carriages of Edinburgh's big wheel stationed in the Christmas Market have been removed as Storm Branden continues to batter the Capital.

The Christmas Market announced on Tuesday morning that it would be closed until further notice after expert forecasters predicted a day of heavy rain and wind speeds of up to 60mph in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Zoo also announced their closure today, while the helter skelter placed at the top of Castle Street had to be held up using a van and ropes to stop it blowing towards Princes Street.

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A shattered window at the Vodafone store on the corner Princes Street could also have been caused by the speedy gusts.

It is thought the carriages were taken down as a safety precaution ahead of the stormy weather.

At this time, there is still no indication on whether the Market will open again this evening, but people are being asked to keep their eyes their social media channels for updates.

For the latest updates and incidents around Edinburgh and the Lothians - keep checking our Live Blog here.

The carriages were taken away as the wind picked up, after the Christmas Market announced its closure
The carriages were taken away as the wind picked up, after the Christmas Market announced its closure
The top carriages have been removed from Edinburgh's big wheel
The Christmas Market has been closed all day