Derry street becomes huge water slide

Published Friday, 25 July 2014
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Plans have been unveiled for a rather unusual outdoor event which will see a street in Londonderry turned into a giant water slide.

Shipquay Street, in the heart of the walled city, will be transformed into a three-lane slide for two days in September as part of a Cancer Research UK fundraiser.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan helped launch the charity event on Friday.

"Derry people are always willing to get involved, always willing to make an eejit of themselves all for a good cause," he said, after taking a bucket of water to the face.

"It won't be the first splash I've made but hopefully everyone is happy with this one!"

The fundraiser is taking place from 6 to 7 September and comes after a similar event in Bristol recently drew thousands of spectators - on a street nowhere near as steep as Shipquay Street.

Sharon Arbuckle, Cancer Research, said: "It's one of Europe's steepest streets. When you say to people 'imagine Shipquay Street, imagine a waterslide', people immediately say I want to do that!

"It's a slippery street to slide upon. Taking part in something that's amazing fun for a great cause, at the end of the day there's hardly a family anywhere who hasn't been affected by cancer."

Volunteers are being asked to gather donations to take part. There are also medical guidelines - children under the age of 16 and pregnant women will not be allowed.

Anyone who wants to get involved must register before 26 August, but places are limited.

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annette in derry wrote (187 days ago):
where can i register??
susan Doherty in Derry wrote (188 days ago):
How do i register for the shipquay st slide for charity?
chantelle porter in strabane wrote (188 days ago):
What do I need to do now?
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