Giant Wearslide plans a hit in Sunderland, say organisers

Lucky ticket winners slip down a giant 90m (300ft) water slide created by the artist Luke Jerram on Park Street, Bristol in May this year.
Lucky ticket winners slip down a giant 90m (300ft) water slide created by the artist Luke Jerram on Park Street, Bristol in May this year.
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PLANS to install a giant slide in Sunderland’s city centre are going down a storm, organisers say.

In May, artist Luke Jerram set up a 95-metre slide in Bristol’s Park Street, and it proved a roaring success, with more than 96,000 people applying for the 360 places available.

Last week, the Echo reported that events firm Sunderland Live has secured the rights to do the same in Wearside – and it now needs people to show their support to make ‘Wearslide’ a reality.

Sunderland Live boss Chris Alexander has been overwhelmed with the reaction so far.

He said: “The response on the back of the Echo article has been absolutely great.

“The Facebook page has hundreds of likes, and the number of followers on Twitter is going up all the time.

“We have had people of all ages saying they want to do it or they want their kids to do it.” Sunderland Live hopes ‘Wearslide’ will bring people into the city and could even become a regular event if the demand is there.

Chris added: “The number of people who have talked to me about it and the reaction from the business community has been very positive.

“Fingers crossed, we will be able to do what we want to do.”

Echo readers took to our Facebook page to give their opinion on the plans.

Samantha Devine said: “I think this would be a scream.

“I would do it and my kids would love it.”

Tish Metcalf wrote: “We need something like this in Sunderland.”

On our website, Miss Mackem wrote: “I really like the idea of this event. It looks like good fun.”

Truth Man said: “This event may spark a feelgood factor, even if it were just for a short period!”

Pete Bogg wrote: “I’m impressed 
with the things Sunderland Live are looking to do to get people in to Sunderland.

“If this comes to fruition, it should be a great crowd-puller.

“If things like this can be co-ordinated with long-standing events like the Sunderland International Airshow, that would only add to the offer.”

Anyone who wants to show their 
support for Wearslide can like the 
Facebook page for UK Slide Live and post that they want to bring the 
event to Sunderland.

They can like the Sunderland Live Facebook page and post that they want to bring the slide event to Sunderland there too.

They can also follow @UKSlide and @WearSlide on Twitter and tweet about bringing the event to the city.

Sunderland Live wants to hear about possible venues for Wearslide in the city.