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Southbank skate debate: ‘The undercroft works better culturally than functionally’


I used to skate at the Southbank after my year-out placement almost every night during the late 80s and made many good friends. It was cold and damp, and I suffered from aching knee joints from the less than ideal bank transitions. However, the community that built up has lasted to this day, although interestingly, as each generation has grown older, had families or moved away, we still see the symbolism of the south bank as being significant, as opposed to being a skate venue of choice. The fact is, skaters have been spoilt for choice in the last decade since skating has become mainstream - in the media and as skaters have moved into positions of influence. In the 70s and 80s, we were marginalised, with the South Bank and Royal Oak being the only two covered skate venues to shelter from the rain. I see the arguments from both sides, but would a newer, faster park, with better surfaces be a little more appropriate? Or perhaps I am showing all of my 46 years!

Posted date

16 January, 2014

Posted time

9:40 pm