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Ryde Slide makes a splash

Jordan Canning with Shakira Rickman enjoying the Ryde Slide. Photo by Robin Crossley.

Jordan Canning with Shakira Rickman enjoying the Ryde Slide. Photo by Robin Crossley.

Emily Pearce

emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

@IWCPEmily

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:58

FOLLOWING the Isle of Wight Pride festivities on Saturday, the fun continued on Sunday with the Ryde Slide.
Union Street was transformed into a 200m inflatable water slide - with Ryde firefighters giving thrill-seekers a push at the top, and the Ryde Inshore Rescue crew catching them at the bottom.
Tickets were sold for £10 ahead of the event, and for £20 on the day, with proceeds going to five local charities.
Ryde Inshore Rescue, Ryde Aspire, the Waterside Community Trust, Wight Ice Leisure and Ryde firefighters' chosen charity will each receive a share of the money raised.
Now in its third year, the Wightlink sponsored Ryde Slide is the brainchild of Isle of Wight Councillor and Ryde businessman Wayne Whittle.
He led the charge down the slide on Sunday, followed by Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, Isle of Wight Council leader Dave Stewart and Ryde mayor Henry Adams. 
Cllr Whittle said: "We moved the slide further down Union Street so it was faster, and there was a much bigger splash at the bottom. It was such a good spectacle, everyone was gathered around the end of the slide watching. The atmosphere was great.
"I think we sold more than £4,000 worth of tickets before the day, so I hope we'll be able to give each charity £1,000."
For full coverage and more photos, see the County Press on Friday, July 21.

 


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