(NBC NEWS) -- NORWICH, United Kingdom — When a place of worship has stood for almost a millennium, it would be easy to be skeptical about claims that it now includes a never-before-seen attraction. The huge carnival slide parked in the nave of Norwich’s ancient cathedral looks like it falls into that category.
The first to christen the ride in early August was the Very Rev. Jane Hedges, dean of the cathedral, who slid down amidst the bright lights and vibrant colors at least four times in the space of 15 minutes, all while wearing her traditional vestments. The organist blasted along an accompaniment.
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“Our hope is that it will bring a very different audience into the cathedral,” she said, flushed and a little breathless from the rides. “I mean, look around now, there’s a lot of young people.”