A re-creation of the world’s FIRST playground slide – built 96 YEARS ago from a plank of wood with NO sides – has been unveiled.
The primitive piece of play equipment was originally constructed in 1921 in Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire – the first public park in the UK.
It was designed by owner Charles Wicksteed, who initially made slides for his park as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play, then went on to manufacture and sell them around the world.
Now the iconic slide with wooden steps and 30ft long timber planks, has been re-created as part of the park’s project to bring the history of children’s play to life.
A photographer captured incredible pictures of a rare natural phenomenon known as an OMEGA moon.
Stephen Cheatley shot the stunning sequence on camera from Ramsey on the Isle of Man as the full harvest moon rose over the sea. The unusual moonrise is also known as an Etruscan Vase moon because the optical effect makes it look as though the moon is on a stand.
Rock legend Phil Collins sung on stage in London – two weeks after a bad fall forced him to postpone two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.
The 66-year-old had to use a golf buggy to get to the stage for his performance at Hyde Park, which came just weeks after he suffered a severe gash to his head after a fall in his hotel room. Collins, who was headlining the show at the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival’s opening night, then sat down throughout the concert.
The singer has spent the last 10 years in semi-retirement due to a dislocated vertebrae in his neck before making his return to the live music scene this year.
Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity.
Students in the university’s sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge.
One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens’ College.
A zoo has been evacuated after ambulance crews and the air ambulance attended a “serious incident”.
Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed they were called at 11.15am to reports of a serious incident at Hamerton Zoo Park in Steeple Gidding, Cambridgeshire. Officers attended the scene with ambulance crews and MAGPAS.
Double rowing Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell has been spotted training on the river in his bid to become the oldest rower ever to compete in the Boat Race.
The 47-year-old, who is currently doing an MPhil at Cambridge University, was seen rowing on the River Great Ouse in Ely, Cambs, with his potential teammates. If he is selected for Light Blue Boat team in April he will become the oldest man ever to compete in the famous race, beating Andy Probert, who was 38 when he coxed Cambridge in 1992 and Mike Wherley who rowed for Oxford at 36 in 2008.
Prince William has finished his job as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance after completing his contract.
The Duke of Cambridge has spent the last two year’s co-piloting the charity’s helicopter and flying missions in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. He has been based at Cambridge International Airport, where he was formally employed by Bond Air Services and drew a salary which he donated to charity.
Inventor Colin Furze is celebrating the festive season by putting a massive 26 FOOT Christmas tree in his semi-detached house.
The 38-year-old YouTuber cut down the huge Norway Spruce fir tree and remarkably managed to squeeze it into his three-bedroom house - with the tip of the tree poking out of the roof.
Three-year-old Mia Tindall was spotted cuddling dad Mike as they watched Zara compete at the Burghley Horse Trials in Lincolnshire.
The pretty little Three-year-old Mia Tindall was spotted cuddling dad Mike as they watched Zara compete at the Burghley Horse Trials in Lincolnshire. The pretty little girl had her blonde hair loose and was wearing a blue top with the slogan, Good Days Ahead and grey leggings, as she watched her mum take part in the dressage event.
A pilot had a lucky escape after the last remaining Sea Vixen plane did an emergency landing at an airfield in Somerset.
The pilot walked away uninjured after the aircraft, known as the Foxy Lady, did a “belly-landing” on return to its base in Yeovilton. Scott Dabinett, 32, captured amazing photos of the incident, which saw the pilot make an impressive landing without landing gear after flying back from the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire.
Visitors have been flocking to a stunning marina used in the opening sequence of popular ITV drama Liar.
An aerial of striking marshland at Tollesbury Marina in Essex is used at the beginning of the programme, which centres on an allegation of rape. The opening scene of the first episode also saw lead character Laura canoeing through the marshes, which are at the mouth of the River Blackwater
A man has built the world’s first subterranean BEACH HUT with TWO underground floors.
Inventor Colin Furze, 37, spent 12 HOURS digging the EIGHT-FOOT deep seaside bolthole with friend Rick Simpson on the shores of Six Marshes Beach, near Skegness in Lincolnshire. The pair removed an incredible six-and-a-half TONNES of sand to create the impressive three-floor hut, which features a lounge and children’s playroom.
Wheelie bins could soon be a thing of the past after a new district installed UNDERGROUND bins for residents.
Council workers have now begun collecting rubbish from the new system, which is the BIGGEST of its kind in the UK, which features steel bin chutes set into the pavement, feeding into large underground chambers.
A sensor notifies the council when it is full and a specialist lorry hoists the container out of the ground with a crane and empties the waste into the vehicle. The underground bin system has been introduced at Cambridge University’s new district, Eddington, in north west Cambridge and eliminating the need for 9,000 wheelie bins.
A woman who owns a plot of land in a pretty Cambridgeshire village is offering it to TRAVELLERS to live on with the condition they “ruin the village.”
Linda Watson says she wants travellers to have the two-and-a-half-acre plot in Kirtling, near Newmarket because her neighbours are “so far up their own a****.” The 48-year-old has two sets of travellers coming to view the land this week and says she hopes the sale will create “s***” for the village.”
THE DAD of missing airman Corrie McKeague blockaded the entrance to a rubbish tip where his son is believed to be buried after police ended their investigation at the site.
Martin McKeague used his camper van to block the entrance to the landfill site at Milton, Cambs, in a desperate effort to get police to change their mind over stopping the search.
Officers from Suffolk and Norfolk police have spent 20 weeks sifting through 6,500 tonnes of waste at the tip but they said they have now completed the search of the area where they know waste was deposited in that period.
Internet inventor Colin Furze has made a bicycle which can fire an incredible 1,000 ROCKETS – all at the same time.
The 37-year-old former plumber spent two days building the bike, which allows him to launch the rocket fireworks by pushing a button on the handle bars.
Colin came up with the idea to celebrate getting five million followers on his YouTube site and tested it out on private land near his home in Lincolnshire.
These remarkable photos of Britain’s birds, beasts and beaches have been shortlisted in a competition to celebrate nature photography.
Two black rooks courting in Northumberland by Jonathan Gaunt, from Roxburghshire and two hares chasing through the snow at twilight in the Cairngorms by Catherine Clark from Inverness were picked as the winning photos in the annual competition.
Second place was awarded to Jackie Walker, from Scotland for her photo of Artic Terns feeding and to Brian Clark, from Fife, for his serene photo of evening light on The Summer Isles.