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PHOTOS: SIZZLING SUMMER FUN HAD BY ALL AT SELL-OUT RYDE SLIDE 2018

Thousands of pounds has been raised for charity once again this year thanks to the sell-out Wightlink Ryde Slide event, which was held under the glorious summer sunshine yesterday (Sunday).

Men, women and children of all ages enjoyed zooming down the 200m slide for the 4th year running. Each person jumped onto an inflatable before slip sliding down the course and splashing into a foamy pool at the bottom.

As was the case in 2017, the slide was situated towards the bottom of Union Street to ensure a good speed and fun for both participants and spectators alike. Each rider was awarded a medal by Cllr Michael Lilley.

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Members of Ryde Inshore Rescue – one of the recipients of the monies raised – donned their dry suits and prepared to get wet at the bottom of the slide. Meanwhile Ryde’s firefighters armed themselves with hoses at points down the hill and gave riders an extra blast!

There is no doubt that this year’s event was the hottest to date with blue skies overhead and very little wind.

Proceedings got underway at just before 10:00 with Council Leader Cllr Dave Stewart, the Mayor of Ryde Cllr Malcolm Ross and event founder Cllr Wayne Whittle all taking it in turns to try the slide for themselves.

Cllr Dave Stewart enjoying his ride

Ryde Slide 2018 has been declared a great success meaning a total of 5 Ryde-based charities will now benefit from the money raised – Ryde Inshore Rescue; Aspire Ryde; Waterside Trust; Ryde Arena Community Action Group and The Wight Brainy Bunch.

The annual event was established in 2015 by Cllr Wayne Whittle who first discussed the idea of a giant water slide coming to Ryde on Twitter with the hashtag #RydeSlide. Island Echo is proud to have continued supporting this event since its inception.

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