WEARSLIDE needs you!
Plans have been unveiled to transform part of Sunderland into a massive outdoor waterslide.
Artist Luke Jerram installed a 95metre slide in Bristol’s Park Street in May, with more than 96,000 people joining a ballot for the 360 places available.
Now events firm Sunderland Live has secured the rights to do the same on Wearside – and is appealing to members of the public to show their support.
“We want people to say ‘we really want to do this, we think it will be fantastic for the city’,” said Sunderland Live boss Chris Alexander.
Sunderland Live hopes to make ‘Wearslide’ a free event.
“We are really confident that if we can raise the interest, we can raise the funding,” said Chris.
“If we can show that a lot of people from Sunderland and across the region want to take part, then we are confident we can pull together sponsors and potential advertisers and manage it that way.
“The perfect model for us would be that those partaking would not have to pay a penny.”
Chris believes Wearslide could be a massive boost for the city.
“Luke Jerram put this into Bristol as an art installation, but we are interested in it being an event, a business proposition for the city in terms of attracting footfall,” he said
Chris hopes Wearslide could even become an annual event if the public interest is sufficient.
Sunderland Live is launching a social media drive to make Wearslide a reality.
“We need people to sign up and say ‘this is something we want to do’,” said Chris.
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, like the Sunderland Live Facebook page and post that they want to bring the event to Sunderland. They can also follow @UKSlide and @WearSlide on Twitter and tweet about bringing the event to the city.
Sunderland Live also wants to hear about possible venues for Wearslide in the city. “Fingers crossed,” said Chris. “It is all about public participation.”