WATCH: Hundreds take the WearSlide

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HARDY souls defied the elements to take part in the first WearSlide today.

Fund-raisers and fun-lovers have been launching themselves down the 100metre and 50metre waterslides at Herrington Country Park.

The Wearslide event at Herrington Country Park.

The Wearslide event at Herrington Country Park.

Promotions firm Sunderland Live hit on the idea, inspired by artist Luke Jerram, who installed a 95metre slide in Bristol’s Park Street last year.

Tickets went on sale six months ago and were snapped up immediately.

First in the queue for today’s 9am launch were Jon Mullinger, 38, and 32-year-old Carla Bradshaw, from Gateshead.

“We haven’t down anything like this before, so we signed up the second we saw it advertised,” said Jon.

First to actually take the plunge was eight-year-old Harrison Ray, from Bournmoor.

Harrison had signed up for the junior slide with pals Cele Nelson, Luke Baldwin and Adam Suthern, all eight.

Cele was all set to take the lead until she set eyes on the slide, when she decided to let Harrison test the water.

“It was great,” she said.

“It was really, really fast.”

Pals Craig Scott, 27, and 29 year-old Craig Wear, from Houghton, had donned fancy dress for the occasion, the former as a whoopee cushion and the latter as a banana.

“It was really good, a good laugh,” said Craig Scott, while his pal’s choice of costume was deliberate.

“Bananas are extra slippery,” he joked.

Father and son Ron, 60, and 35-year-old Stephen Barella had come through from Washington and Durham respectively to take part: “I really enjoyed it – it was faster than I expected,” said Stephen.

Twenty-five-year-old Emma Green, from Newcastle, wanted to see more events such as Wearslide.

“I enjoyed it,” she said.

“It’s nice to have thing like this to do.”

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