Race on to make Sunderland Wearslide a reality

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.
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THE RACE is on to make “Wearslide” a reality.

Plans to install a giant slide in Sunderland are going down a storm, organisers say – but they need help to bring the event to the city.

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.

Sunderland, Huddersfield, Kendal and Kingston-upon-Thames have all expressed interest in staging a slide.

If the UK Slide Live Facebook page reaches 2,000 likes by Friday, September 26, an announcement will be made confirming which of the four venues has won.

Events firm Sunderland Live has secured the rights for Wearside. Boss Chris Alexander said: “The response 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.

“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.”

Anyone who wants to show their support for Wearslide can like the UK Slide Live and Sunderland Live Facebook pages and post that they want to bring the event to Sunderland, and follow @UKSlide and @WearSlide on Twitter and tweet about how much they want to bring the event to the city.