Sunday 18 March 2018

1,000 people slip down the world's longest water slide

Wendy Walsh and Eimear Mangan on the Big Slide
Wendy Walsh and Eimear Mangan on the Big Slide

One blushing bride was among 1,000 people who slipped and slid down Bray Head over two days last weekend.

The Bray Head water slide was part of the Summerfest shenanigans, with the 90 metre installation made out of hay bales and plastic sheeting.

Summerfest spokesman Paul Carney said that there were more than 9,000 applications made for the chance to take part. One of them was by local woman Alicia Yeates who wanted another chance to don her wedding dress.

While there were originally supposed to be 700 people doing the slide, they organisers were able to get through them quickly enough to allow the 300 reserves join in the fun.

This was the world's longest water slide and based on a similar model in Bristol last May.

Preparations to install the fun slide started at 5 in the morning on the first day and everything was removed straight away after the event finished on Sunday.

The volunteers pushed the people down on a lilo at the rate of one per minute between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.

With an eight degree angle, the speed averaged at 25 km per hour, with some finding that stomach-churning and others wishing it was faster!

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