Skate Jam at One Minet Skate Park in Saffron Walden brings in a healthy crowd

PUBLISHED: 14:46 27 July 2011 | UPDATED: 15:18 27 July 2011

Action from the Olympic open weekend summer skate jam

Action from the Olympic open weekend summer skate jam

Archant

ON two wheels of more, skaters, BMXers and bladers of all abilities and ages turned out in force at Saffron Walden’s skate park on Sunday.

Skate Jam is an annual event organised by the Saffron Walden Skate Group-organised and held at the One Minet Skate Park behind the Lord Butler Fitness and Leisure Centre in Peaslands Road.

This year it took on a Olympic theme after the group secured funding from the Rural Community Council of Essex as part of the Essex Legacy Open Weekend 2011.

And it drew a health crowd, from small children to grannies -

Skate group secretary Jane Gray said: “Our thanks go to the Andre Young Loving Life Legacy who provided the money to buy the food so that all the cash raised from the barbecue went straight into the funds.

“Also thanks to the Axe pub who allowed us to borrow their barbecue and for D&K Auto Electrical Firm for their help in transporting it.”

She added: “The group did a couple of head counts during the day and we had 150 to 175 skaters and spectators of all ages on the park at any one time.

“One thing we did discover was that there are quite a few potential woman and older girl skaters just waiting to have a try so we will be looking into the possibility of providing lessons specifically for them – combined with a visit to the pub afterwards for recovery purposes!”

The Skate Jam raised £219.44 from a barbecue and donations, which will go towards the running of the skatepark.

If you value what this gives you, please consider supporting our work. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Saffron Walden Reporter