Wayne Whittle, deputy chair of Ryde Business Association , introduced the idea of a Ryde Slide a long time ago having been told about the Bristol Screamer. When he saw pictures of the Screamer, he realised it looked just like Union Street in Ryde and so why shouldn’t he arrange a giant water slide to raise money for charity. The idea was born and gathered momentum until finally on July 12th 2015 the day arrived. The roads were closed, the Ryde slide was set up and much fun was had by all. Julie and I (aka the Giggly Grannies) had no intention of riding – that was for others not for us – it would be too fast and scare the living daylights out of us. However, it appeared, on the day, that The Ryde Slide was not as fast as we feared so we set off , raised about £60 in sponsorship for the Ryde Slide Trust there and then and took to the slide. I hadn’t bought any spare clothes – good job I was offered a lift home Would we do it again? You bet!
It it was a fun day but not sure I’ll be invited back after holding up the bank manager
And staff – held to ransom for their pieces of 8
Barclays UK responded to my son’s tweet and commented on the fun we have in Ryde!
I also promoted the pirate day after the Mardi Gras as the town was packed with happy people many of whom had not heard about Shipwreck Isle coming to Ryde. Look who I met on my travels.
Sunday arrived and Ryde was awash with swashbuckling Buccaneers
providing fantastic free family entertainment on Appley Beach all day with stalls to buy pirate items and fruit both very well supported . There were many Jack Sparrow lookalikes who happily posed for all those wishing to take photographs.
The girls danced and the Samba band played
Lots of fun was had by all
and there were a lot of Jack Sparrow lookalikes who were happy to pose for photographs.
During the day it was estimated there were between 3000 and 4000 people and here Neil Southwell of Southwell photography‘s picture shows many of them . The event lasted from 11 until 6 .