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rydeunionstreetPlans are progressing to install a giant water slide down Union Street in Ryde this Summer, the news of which created a buzz on social media earlier this week, proving massive support for the idea.

Island businesses, organisations and officials hope to create a huge splash and bring addition tourists to the town of Ryde with a vision to transform the main shopping street into a giant water-slide. Thrill-seekers are set to slip and slide down a mega slide while supporting good causes.

Wayne Whittle, Vice Chairman of Ryde Business Association set the challenge to make the #RydeSlide a reality via Twitter and has received an overwhelmingly positive response – more than 45,000 people saw Island Echo’s report on the news earlier this week on Facebook.

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Wayne said:

“My first priority is to establish a working group that can make this happen. I’ve been working with Ian Jenkins, who has been the driver behind the Waterside Trust and now Ryde Arena Ltd, to put the right sort of structure in place.

“These things are never as simple as they look and we’ll need experts to be involved from the outset.

“I’ve been contacted by many people to offer assistance, including public services and local businesses big and small and we’re in the process of going back to them all.

“We’ve already had a productive initial planning meeting this week and there’s still lots to be done to ensure Ryde has the Slide this summer.

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“The slide has created so much momentum so quickly that I’m certain that the Island can pull-together to make this a huge success.”

Wayne added:

“Thank you to the hundreds of people that have tweeted their support and messaged me over the past week to say that they back the idea and even wanting to know how to book a place on the #RydeSlide.

“We will be able to share more details, including a confirmed date, shortly.”

If any other organisations or businesses would like to be involved then please email: [email protected].

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