Somerset

Chard gets giant outdoor water slide for charity event

Tigerfly Photography: Chard water slide Image copyright Tigerfly Photography
Image caption Organisers in Chard were inspired by a water slide in Bristol

A giant outdoor water slide has been installed in a Somerset town, inspired by a similar ride in Bristol.

Some 350 local sliders, aged from six to 80, have donated to the Mayor's Charity fund to be able to have a go at the attraction.

Hundreds of people were soaked as they went head-first down the 90m (295ft) slide in Bristol in May.

The slide was installed in Chard's High Street and was operational between 10:00 BST and 16:00.

One of the first sliders was the town's mayor, Jenny Kenton, who said local people "really pulled together" to make the event happen.

"We've got 50 volunteers who are giving up their time to marshal and make everything safe," she said.

"It's absolutely brilliant. We had no budget but every time we hit a snag, somebody always came up with the goods."

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Media captionArtist Luke Jerram takes a ride on his water slide in Bristol

As well as Mrs Kenton, the mayors of Illminster and Crewkerne also had a go on the slide, as did Chard's town crier.

"My sister came up with the idea," Mrs Kenton added.

"She said 'I've just seen this thing on TV and you have to do it'. She wanted to be the first but I said I've got to be the first. What could possibly go wrong?

"I've done some stupid things, but this is going to be great fun."

Mrs Kenton said she hoped the event would raise over £1,000 for local charities.

The Bristol slide was made by artist Luke Jerram and consisted of plastic sheets, hay bales, water and washing-up liquid.

The Chard version is made from one of Mr Jerram's DIY kits, sales of which have raised over £3,000 for Bristol-based water charity, Frank.

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Image caption Some 350 sliders took part in the event on Chard's High Street

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