Bristol giant water slide sees thrill-seekers soaked

  • 4 May 2014
  • From the section Bristol
Giant slide, Park St, Bristol
Image caption The slide was lathered up with washing up liquid to speed up the slide

Huge crowds have turned out to watch a succession of thrill-seekers hurtle down a giant water slide in Bristol.

Some 360 people will go head-first down the 90m (295ft) slide on lilos with some choosing to complete their descent in fancy dress clothing.

The slide in Park Street has been made with plastic sheets, hay bales, water and washing-up liquid.

Organiser Luke Jerram said: "We've got about 300 or 400 hay bales all in a line. It's an extraordinary site."

Ticket holders were picked from nearly 100,000 applicants and began riding the slide at 11:00 BST.

Media captionArtist Luke Jerram takes a ride on his water slide

Mr Jerram added: "I wanted to close a road.

"If you look at photographs in the 1900s you see these beautiful empty streets with all the kids playing out.

"It's an extraordinary thing and all that has been taken away.

"I'm happy to take over a street, and this slide is an architectural intervention really."

He was told by Bristol City Council on Thursday his "Park-and-Slide" could "definitely" go ahead.

The project was first announced in March by the Bristol-based artist.

Mr Jerram's event is part of the Make Sunday Special programme where some streets are closed off in the city every Sunday over the summer months to make way for cultural and leisure events.

Image caption Hundreds of people have turned up to see the giant water slide on Park Street
Image caption About 100,000 people applied to have a go on the slide
Image caption Artist Luke Jerram also took a turn on the slide wearing a head-camera
Image caption Some people were in fancy dress to mark the occasion
Image caption The slide will close at 17:00

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