Slip-sliding our way to a world record

Radio Wave's breakfast team and Sandcastle Waterpark management recieve world record plaque

Radio Wave's breakfast team and Sandcastle Waterpark management recieve world record plaque

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Hundreds of people made a huge splash in the record books as they flew down Sandcastle Waterpark’s fastest slide.

An amazing 289 swimmers came crashing down the Duelling Dragon slide to smash the previous record, set at 213 down one waterslide in one hour.

John Child, managing director of Sandcastle Waterpark, announced prior to the record attempt that the Royal Lifeboat National Instiution and Aiming Higher charities were receiving £1,500 each.

Mr Child said: “The team have done a great job, and it’s a great honour to have an adjudicator from Guinness World Records here to make it official.

“The particular slide we are using for the record was first bought in 1988, but its still the quickest here. I remember first going down it in 1988 and being shocked about how quick it was, it takes your breath away!

“It’s really important that these events happen, so that we can give back to the charities we support.”

Nine-year-old Jed Smart, from Blackpool said: “It was really fast, I was a little nervous at the top of the slide but but as soon as I got down I was fine.

“I’m amazed to be a record holder!”

Emma France, 32, had turned up with the intention of watching her daughters, but was soon taking part herself.

She said: “I’m very apprehensive, my daughters are forcing me to do it!”

Paul Wynne, 49, had been visiting from North Wales and jumped at the chance of participating.

He said: “It’s been a brilliant night, it was a very exciting slide.

“It’s really nice to be part of a world record, and my first time I can say I am a world record holder.”

Hayley Kay, from Radio Wave, added: “I’m so thrilled we pulled it off!

“We wanted to mark our fifth anniversary of doing the Radio Wave Breakfast Show and this just seemed like a fun thing to do.

“It was great to see whole families getting involved and it’s nice that the Splash Foundation were also able to donate to our two charities.”

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Blackpool and I would like to give a massive thank-you to everyone that took part.

“I would like to see it become an annual event.

“And if anyone tried to break this record, I am sure that the people of Blackpool would turn out again to smash it.”