Anneka Rice attends Slade's Silver Big Bash

On Wednesday 12th April we held an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Slade Vision Centre.

Anneka Rice attended as special guest on the day, returning to Ilfracombe 25 years after the Slade Vision Centre was built as part of the ‘Challenge Anneka’ TV programme in 1992.

We worked in partnership with the Slade Vision Centre Committee, who manages the facility to hold a “Slade Silver Big Bash” family fun day event, supported by the Big Lottery Celebrate fund, to mark the occasion.

People attending the event enjoyed lots of exciting activities including a photo booth, bouncy castle, inflatable pillow smash, animal encounters from Really Wild Learning, meet the Minions, face painting, children’s entertainers Entertainingly Different, street dance and martial arts displays, and performances from local magician Tom Rose and musicians Rough Justice and Chloe Marie Aston.

It was a fantastic event with around 400 people attending during the day and many local people bringing photos from 25 years ago to show Anneka and talk to her about their memories of when the Vision Centre was built.

North Devon Homes’ Director of Neighbourhoods, Marc Rostock, said “We are delighted that the Slade Silver Big Bash was such a huge success. It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the entertainment, having fun and coming together to celebrate 25 years of the Slade Vision Centre. There is a great sense of community in Ilfracombe and this was really in evidence today. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the day including Anneka Rice for attending – her involvement was truly fitting and really helped to make the event. We would also like to thank the Big Lottery and Big Lottery Celebrate for supporting the event. Events like this are important to remind us of what can be achieved by working together and we hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did!”        

You can view photos from the day on our facebook page.