The Ramsgate Slide is Cancelled

Press Statement

Sunday 30th July, 9:30am

We are devastated and so sorry to have to tell you that the Ramsgate Slide event won’t take place today. We have been let down by the supplier who emailed at 11pm last night to say they wouldn’t be turning up because the full cost of the slide balance hadn’t been paid in advance. We had paid them 50% of the full cost of the slide in advance and pre-payment of the balance had not previously been mentioned. This money could have been immediately transferred but we have not been able to contact them since they sent that email last night and it is clear now they are not coming.

This is a disaster for us. The point of the Ramsgate Slide was to bring joy and fun into the town. It was something different to draw attention to our fantastic harbour and seafront. The idea over 5,000 people entered the ballot to be able to slide and 180 lucky people were set to be able to slide today including more than 40 children, the Mayor of Ramsgate and special visitors from the world of television and radio. It is heartbreaking that we have been so let down.

But we won’t give up and we will start work now with the aim of ensuring the Ramsgate Slide will happen on another date. Everyone who had been awarded a place to slide will be given the opportunity to do so at a date in the future, to be confirmed, when we can go ahead. That is our commitment to the town.

There were many people who simply didn’t believe that the relevant authorities would give us permission – but they did. The Councils worked really hard to support us, local politicians of all political parties supported us, people gave to the kickstarter appeal for the Festival as a whole and we all worked together to make it happen – to lose all that because an external supplier let us all down has left us reeling.

We simply have to try again and we will.

We ask everyone to please to accept our apologies for the disappointment of today, to stick with us today and for the future – and to still come and enjoy the other events which are organised for the last day of the Festival such as the World Rhythms stage, Vintage Market and Handmade Parade, Seashore Safari, Location Ramsgate Talks about our Town in Feature Films and the Rooswijk 1740 shipwreck at the Falstaff and the art exhibition there, Every Picture Tells a Story, Nautical Themed Computer Games at the Micro Museum, the Dream Marine Twilight Parade and the Fire Finale.

We are busy contacting everyone who had been awarded a place to slide and will send each of them an email and text message to notify them as well as notifying the press, putting a notice on our website and phoning all our key contacts.