Water slide splashes down in Wigan

22 July 2014

A 110m long outdoor water slide will take over Standishgate in Wigan town centre on Saturday, August 16th.

Water slide splashes down in WiganPhoto: Maxine Armstrong, Mike Matthews, Wigan Town Centre Manager and Cllr David Molyneux.

Inspired by a similar attraction which was installed on a Bristol street earlier this year Ticket to Slide will be constructed by Wigan and Leigh Hospice in partnership with Wigan Council.

The slide, which is around 15m longer than the Bristol slide, is being created for one day to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

There will be two lanes to allow participants to race each other starting outside the Grand Arcade entrance and finishing at Wilkinson where there will be a 20m stopping zone.

In total 700 people will be given the chance to take a turn.

Local firefighters will provide water for the slide while several farmers will lend more than 300 hay bales to create the two lanes which will be covered by plastic sheeting and rubber matting.

Fundraising and Lottery Manager at the Hospice, Maxine Armstrong, said: "When I saw a piece on the news about a water slide in Bristol it looked so exciting I knew we had to have one in Wigan.
"We considered a few locations but Standishgate has a natural gradient so it's perfect. Those taking part can bring lilos or wear fancy dress - we just want everyone to help us make a memorable day in Wigan while raising funds for the Hospice."

Cllr Molyneux, deputy leader at Wigan Council, said:
"Turning Standishgate into a giant waterslide is a wonderful idea and we were keen to do all we can to make it happen. I know many local residents may have seen the waterslide in Bristol and will be very excited to take part here in the heart of Wigan. I'd like to encourage the town to get behind this event and help to raise as much money as possible for Wigan and Leigh Hospice."

Tickets are available priced at £10 on a first come, first served basis from the fundraising team at the Hospice on 01942 524204 or see www.wlh.org.uk

Volunteers who can help to construct the slide are asked to contact the Hospice fundraising team.

The event will start at 11.30am and finish at 4pm.




Members of the media may contact:
• Sam Shale, PR & Communications Officer at Wigan and Leigh Hospice on 01942 525566 or s.shale@wlh.org.uk
• Mary Vingoe, media officer on 01942 827694 or m.vingoe@wigan.gov.uk




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