CULTURE leaders have backed the bid to bring a 1,000ft inflatable water slide to Portsmouth.
Supporters say it is crucial everyone gets behind the effort to bring the attraction to the city over Southampton.
The fight is on to convince event organisers Slide the City that Portsmouth is where the slide should go.
Lyndsay Edwards, on the board of trustees for the Portsmouth Society, which is interested in the preservation of buildings and supports cultural initiatives, said: ‘There has got to be a big push for our city to have this slide.
‘It’s so important because it would be another reason for people to come to our city.
‘It’s just fantastic. It would wonderful to see people not just coming for one day, but making a mini-break out of it.
‘There is already so much on offer - the dockyard is brilliant and Southsea is improving.’
Steve Pitt, of the Portsmouth Cultural Partnership, said the city already has fantastic experience putting on major events such as Victorious Festival, the Bupa Great South Run and is preparing to host the America’s Cup World Series.
‘This shows we have got some very committed individuals who are ready to put their money where their mouth is and take risks putting on big events,’ Mr Pitt said.
‘We an a city with an every growing amount of excellent expertise.’
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