Mother and daughter first recruits for Sunderland’s 300ft Wearslide

(from left) Julie Moon, Lyndsey Jennings and  Sunderland Live commercial executive Rebecca McEwan.
(from left) Julie Moon, Lyndsey Jennings and Sunderland Live commercial executive Rebecca McEwan.
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LIFE is set to go downhill fast for mum and daughter Julie Moon and Lyndsey Jennings – and they couldn’t be happier about it.

The two are the first confirmed names to take part in the massive “Wearslide” event when it comes to Sunderland next year.

Lucky ticket winners slip down a giant 90m (300ft) water slide created by the artist Luke Jerram on Park Street, Bristol.

Lucky ticket winners slip down a giant 90m (300ft) water slide created by the artist Luke Jerram on Park Street, Bristol.

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

Events firm Sunderland Live won the rights to bring a slide to Sunderland, and the city was confirmed as a venue after overwhelming support on the UK Slide Live Facebook site.

Lyndsey, 30, from Seaham, works in the office at St Leonard’s Primary School in Silksworth.

She entered a competition on the Facebook page to win two places on the day and was amazed to find she had been successful.

“I was incredibly excited,” she said.

“I couldn’t believe I had won – I was jumping around the office at work.”

Julie, 50, from Farringdon, who works at Sunderland University, is already looking forward to hitting the slide.

“I just can’t wait,” she said. “It is going to be fantastic.”

Sunderland Live chief executive Chris Alexander said he was delighted to see how thrilled Lyndsey and Julie were at the prospect of taking part in Wearslide.

“It is really exciting that two people from Sunderland are now confirmed as the first participants of Wearslide, which will be taking place next year,” he said.

The suggested venues had been whittled down to half a dozen and a final announcement of where and when Wearslide would take place would be made soon.

“There are six locations that are under consideration,” said Mr Alexander.

“We hope to be able to confirm the exact date and venue for Wearslide in the next four to six weeks.”