THE Brighton Wheel will be lit up in rainbow colours this weekend as it makes its final turn.

Sunday will be the 45 metre seafront attraction's last day of trading before work to dismantle it begins on Monday.

Its owners anticipate it will disappear from the seafront by the end of next week. It will be taken to Holland for refurbishment.

It has gone on sale and although no new owners have been announced, The Argus understands a new home has been found not in the UK but elsewhere in Europe.

Worthing Borough Council previously expressed an interest in the attraction and a petition to bring it to Ramsgate has been set up.

General manager Delso Da Silva said he was not sure of its future plans, but added: "We will light the wheel up for one last time in rainbow colours to celebrate Brighton and Pride and will be speaking to customers.

"It will be a really good day, we're expecting lots of people down here. It's a shame we could not stay longer."

Brighton Wheel was forced to leave the space as part of a legal agreement attached to bringing the £46.2 million i360 to the city.

Wheel owners applied to the council to renew planning consent for a further five years but this was rejected.

The wheel has stood proudly on the coastline overlooking Madeira Drive and the Palace Pier for nearly five years.

More than 750,000 visitors have taken a spin to see the sights of Sussex accompanied by a voiceover provided by comedian Steve Coogan.

It had previously found lodgings in Copenhagen, Paris and Cape Town.

The empty site, known as Dalton’s Bastion, is expected to be replaced with a 300-metre long zip wire this summer.

A 20 metre tower, two 300 metre-long zip wires, as well as a new café are all part of the plan.

It would be the largest ride of its kind in the county.

A planning application was submitted on Thursday asking for the Wheel deck to remain for the forthcoming zip wire. An application for the actual attraction is expected in the coming days. It is likely to get a 25 year lease, if approved.