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Mayor and Sunderland Live boss among Wear zipwire daredevils

Around 160 people leaped off the top of the Stadium of Light on a zip wire at the weekend to raise money for the North East Autism Society. Some did it with confidence, but most suffered more than a little nervousness with one or two experiencing complete jelly-legs!
The signal is given and there's no going back at this point.

Around 160 people leaped off the top of the Stadium of Light on a zip wire at the weekend to raise money for the North East Autism Society. Some did it with confidence, but most suffered more than a little nervousness with one or two experiencing complete jelly-legs! The signal is given and there's no going back at this point.

DAREDEVILS zipped across the River Wear as part of a charity challenge at the weekend.

Hundreds of people took part in the event organised by Sunderland Live – including Sunderland Live boss Chris Alexander.

The dad-of-three, from Houghton, raised more than £500 for the Alzheimer’s Society, in memory of his late mother Mary who died earlier this year, aged 89.

Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron, also took part.

He said: “The zip wire is great fun, you get an absolutely fantastic view down the Wear, right down to the fish quay and out to sea. You go about 30-40 miles an hour, then at the end it really speeds up.”

The zip wire was from Wearmouth Bridge to Panns Bank, one of a number of events that took place in Sunderland this weekend, which also included the Sunderland 10k and half marathon, a Steam Spectacular vintage vehicle event in Herrington Country Park and Sanctuary, a music, food and drink event in Sunderland Minster.

 

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