WEARSLIDE is a sell-out!
The massive waterslide will be held in Herrington Country Park in April, but tickets went on sale on Saturday and were snapped up within minutes.
The event will include a 100metre slide for adults and a less adrenaline-fuelled 50metre run for children and those of a less adventurous disposition.
Chris Alexander, chief operating officer at organiser Sunderland Live, was delighted with the response from eager members of the public.
“The tickets for WearSlide went on sale at 10am on Saturday and our 100metre slide sold out in under 90 minutes,” said Mr Alexander.
“By 1pm all adult tickets on the 50metre slide had sold out as well.
“We’re delighted with the way the event has been received and it’s going to be a fantastic day on April 25 at Herrington Country Park.”
Although the general sale tickets are gone, Sunderland Live has reserved some fund-raising places for charities and registered community groups.
The firm will be releasing details of how organisations can get involved shortly. Regular updates will be available at www.sunderlandlive.co.uk
The Echo revealed in September that plans were in place to bring a massive waterslide to the city.
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.
Sunderland Live secured the rights to do the same on Wearside – and an appeal to the public to show their support met with an overwhelming response.
The Echo’s website and Facebook page were inundated with would-be sliders and Mr Alexander was over the moon with the reaction.
“The response on the back of the Echo article has been absolutely great,” he said.
“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.”