Wearslide could return after 2,000 agree it’s a splash hit

FUN IN THE SUN: The Wearslide event at Herrington Country Park.

FUN IN THE SUN: The Wearslide event at Herrington Country Park.

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WEARSLIDE is set to return bigger and better than ever, organisers have said.

More than 2,000 people took part in the inaugural event at Herrington Country Park over both days of the weekend.

Despite Saturday’s extreme weather conditions the weekend proved to be packed with wet and soapy fun.

Sunderland Live, organisers

And although the whole thing wasn’t without teeting troubles, with the 100m slide taking a while to start running properly, those behind the event are already looking at new dates for its return.

A statement from organisers Sunderland Live said: “The first ever WearSlide event welcomed over 2,000 sliders to Herrington Country Park last weekend. Despite Saturday’s extreme weather conditions the weekend proved to be packed with wet and soapy fun.

“Sunderland Live understand that sliders booked between 9-10am on Saturday experienced some problems with the running of the slide and will be contacting these sliders individually to discuss any concerns they might have.

“Sunderland Live hope to be announcing more sliding opportunities shortly.”

WearSlide was originally planned for Saturday only, but due to popular demand, Sunderland Live, added a second day aimed at groups and those raising money for good causes.

Among them was Team Eadon who were raising money for St Benedict’s Hospice.

Twins Steph and Sarah Eadon, 23, and their brother, Chris Eadon, 26, were joined by Chris’ partner Toni Earl, 22 and their friend, Sean Cove, 24, and neighbour, Tracey Page, to take part in the challenge in memory of the Eadons’ dad, Phil, 57, who died last month following a battle with throat cancer.

The Rickleton family wanted to raise as much money as they could for the hospice where they say Phil received amazing care and support during his illness.

Phil’s wife Anne, 58, said: “Team Eadon did us proud. £1,000 on the day and about another £500 to follow when collected. Phil would be very proud of them all. It was a great day.”

Among the other worthy organisations to benefit over the weekend were St Oswald’s Hospice, the NSPCC and the North East Autism Society.