Lucky 500 selected to zoom down the Lincoln Flume

The organisers of Lincoln’s first giant water flume have chosen their lucky lottery winners, and around 500 people will zoom down Flaxengate on Sunday, July 12.

Over 2,000 people put their names down for the chance to grab a winning ticket, generating around £6,000 in profit for chosen charity partner Linkage Community Trust.

The 110-yard-long flume is being staged by the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia, who have been offering thrill-seekers the opportunity for £3.

Using a random number generator, the group selected 425 winners, in addition to the 14 local businesses who signed up to corporate packages – bringing the total to around 500.

Organiser Duncan Gerrard said: “The draw took place on Sunday, June 28, and on Monday, June 30 we will be sending out emails together with full instructions/waivers/health and safety advice and an allocated 30 minute time period for their slide.

“So between now and the 12th we are keeping everything crossed for decent weather, making sure that we have enough helpers and volunteers at the right time in the right place!

“Logistically we have great help and assistance from Anglian Water, The Plumb Centre and Pennells, mainly around making sure the flume runs smoothly (and quick enough).

“In addition we keep running through all of our plans and preparation, checking and double checking the details to ensure we have a great day.”

The funds raised for Linkage will go towards the charity’s £250,000 Boultham Park Appeal, where an education centre, café and horticulture centre will be developed.

The £3.7 million project, a joint venture with City of Lincoln Council, is grant-aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People initiative.

More details about the flume can be found on the website here.

People can follow the action on Twitter via @thelincolnflume and by following the hashtag #zoomtheflume.

Check out the test run: