Giant water slide set for town centre

The giant water slide heading for Wigan

The giant water slide heading for Wigan

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WIGANERS will be given a ticket to slide when a giant open-air chute creates a white-knuckle water ride in the town centre for charity.

The 110m-long slide will be set up down Standishgate next month to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH).

Inspired by a similar attraction earlier this year which saw thousands of people flock into the centre of Bristol, daredevil riders will race each other in two lanes from the Grand Arcade to the finish line outside Wilkinson.

The Wigan slide will be 15m longer than the one which proved such a hit in the South East, and 700 people will be able to line up and book a place on the thrilling fund-raising ride.

WLH fund-raising and lottery manager 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.”

The lanes will be built of hay bales donated by farmers while the borough’s firefighters will provide the water to get racers splashing downhill when they line up to take the plunge.

Wigan Council deputy leader CounDavid Molyneux said: “Turning Standishgate into a giant waterslide is a wonderful idea and we were keen 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 raise as much money as possible for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.”

The giant open-air water slide on Standishgate in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice will run on Saturday August 16 from 11am until 4.30pm.

There are 700 tickets priced £10 available on a first come first served basis by ringing 01942 524204 or visiting www.wlh.org.uk