A BIRTHDAY boy was given a surprise 13th party on the London Eye after his father discovered he was born on the same day the landmark was launched.
Armaan Ali, of Osterley, arrived at the giant ferris wheel on Saturday (9) to celebrate his birthday with friends and family but had no idea EDF Energy, who runs the Eye, were giving him a free surprise party in a capsule.
His father, Javaid Ali got in touch with the London Eye after realising it was launched the day his son was born, on March 9, 2000. To celebrate both special days, EDF Energy quickly offered a complimentary birthday capsule for Armaan.
Stepping off the iconic landmark, Armaan said: "This is such a great surprise. I guess I was lucky to be born on the same day as the London Eye. I normally have a party at my house, but today I can see it from 400 feet in the air! I think I could see my house from the top!"
His father said: "I got in touch with the London Eye, really just wondering what they would say, but they really have pulled out all the stops. There’s been cake and juice and champagne for the adults and memories that will last a lifetime. It’s been a really wonderful day.”
Helen Bull, marketing director from the London Eye said they are delighted to be able to celebrate 13 wonderful years in London and how the Eye has become an iconic part of the skyline, with thousands of proposals, birthdays and features in movies and TV shows happening in its capsules. She said: "It is great to be able to share some sparkle with Armaan on his special day and give him a birthday he will never forget."