Thrill-seekers get first taste of 260ft waterslide coming to Wrexham


Iwan Berry

A SUMMER attraction which is expected to draw hundreds of visitors was tested by volunteers in the sunshine.

Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham will bring its urban waterslide to the town from 10am on Sunday, July 12.

The two-lane 260ft slide will allow thrill-seekers to propel themselves from the roundabout near the Wynnstay Hotel down Yorke Street, towards the end of the road near the Nag’s Head.

The event will mark the arrival of Wales’ first ever giant outdoor waterslide.

But prior to the event, volunteers had the chance to test the slide on ground near the former Rhosddu Community Centre off Price’s Lane.

The smaller, single-lane stretch of the waterslide offered volunteers the chance to experience the slide’s speeds for themselves.

Amanda Kinsey, area fundraiser for Nightingale House, came up with the idea for the slide after seeing the success of a similar event in Bristol.

She said: “Bristol did one and they had 96,000 people in the ballot to take part, even though there was only 300 spaces.

“I came up with the idea and we wanted to get it all sorted quickly. I wanted us to be one of the first events in the UK in the summer, and we started work on this in February.”

Nightingale Hospice commissioned the fabrication of the slide with a firm in Wigan, and it will be able to use the slide after the event or lease it out to other charities for similar events.

I’m not normally a thrill-seeker, writes Leader reporter Iwan Berry, but I knew that, if nothing else, the sight of me hurtling down a watery flume would be nothing if not funny, and I can never pass up a chance to make an idiot of myself.

Plus, given that many members of the public are likely to make use of this slide in the near future, it’s only fair that I help the volunteers and staff at Nightingale House Hospice to test it first.

Even in spite of my aversion to excitement, I have to admit it was incredibly good fun.

Visitors on the day will have more to experience than I did. As well as the increased length of the slide, the day will also see the addition of a catchment pool at the end, allowing sliders to end with a splash.

Unexpectedly for a British summer, the weather was on my side – so having a strong dose of sunshine but being able to cool off by dashing along the slide was very welcome.

If it can impress someone like me, it must be good. 

I imagine all those who have booked spots on the slide will have nothing but fun as they go through the novel experience of shooting down Wrexham’s high street.

And furthermore, here’s hoping that the hospice can raise every penny possible on the day.

She added Dee Valley Water would also provide water on the day, using a hose to keep water on the slide running throughout the day.

Andy Atkinson, campaigner and member of Wrexham’s town centre forum, also trialled the slide.

He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, and I hope everyone has an opportunity to try it out on the day.

“Nightingale House have done well bringing the first water slide to Wales.”

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