THE date has been set for the much anticipated Ashbourne May Fun Day, which will feature a 100 metre giant waterslide and zip wire ride, as well as live music, stalls and family games.
The project was devised by Helen Lyons, together with a group of friends, who remember and miss the glory days of Ashbourne Carnival, and who wanted to recreate some of the excitement and fun of old.
Helen spotted a temporary town centre water slide that had been planned for Mickleover on Facebook, and wanted to see if a similar one could be installed in Ashbourne.
The idea was presented to the town council, who enthusiastically backed the plan, and set a date of Saturday, May 16.
Helen said she came up with the idea because she remembered the Queen’s Jubilee and Ashbourne Carnival being so much fun for everyone to attend.
She said: “I thought that people would love to see a big street party in the town again, something that anyone can enjoy, for people of all ages, with affordable prices.”
The next step for the group is to start fundraising for the event.
Helen said: “There are a lot of initial costs to cover, so it would be nice if local shops and businesses could help with a donation, and we will of course mention them in the official programmes and publicity.”
The water slide, which could run down Market Place or Park Road, would be similar to one due to be set up in Mickleover on Sunday, September 7.
More than 5,000 people applied to take part in the event, with a draw being held to allocate 800 places to lucky thrill-seekers.
The Ashbourne Fun Day committee is holding a planning meeting at the Stepping Stones pub in Carnation Way at 7pm on Tuesday, September 9, and anyone who would like to be involved on the day is welcome.
More information is available by calling Helen on 07941 989651.