DUDLEY Zoo is looking to recruit a number of chairlift operators for its vintage aerial ride ahead of its busy season.

The 1950s passenger carrying ropeway was the first to be installed in England and was relaunched a decade ago thanks to Heritage Lottery funding.

Retail Manager, Isobel Blackwell, said: “Duties will include all aspects of operating our busy chairlift, which we aim to reinstate in time for the Easter holidays and all relevant training will be provided.

“It’s such a popular and quirky aspect to the zoo and allows height-compatible visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the Midlands, as they soar from the lower zoo to the site’s upper section over our geladas and Sulawesi crested macaques during the free two-minute ride.”

Find out more about the vacancy and how to apply visit www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/contact/jobs/work-at-the-zoo/

The closing date for applications is March 25.

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Chairlift facts

The chairlift was officially opened on May 11, 1958 by comedian Richard Hearne, who played the children's TV character Mr Pastry.

Following £117,000 Heritage Lottery funding, it was reopened on August 24, 2012, after being out of action for more than a decade.

There are 41 chairs on the ride which are fixed in numerical order

In the past, chair 20 had to be scrapped, so chair 42 took its place

Chair 36 has the number six installed backwards!

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