Skate jam at Saffron Walden's One Minet Park pulls in the crowds

PUBLISHED: 10:20 25 August 2009 | UPDATED: 21:53 31 May 2010

A skateboarder has problems landing a jump. Picture: Malcolm Moy

A skateboarder has problems landing a jump. Picture: Malcolm Moy

SKATEBOARDERS flocked to Saffron Walden s skatepark on Sunday to show off their skills on the ramps and learn some new tricks. Hundreds of riders brought their boards, bikes and scooters to the first-ever One Minet Park Jam at the skatepark next to the Lo

SKATEBOARDERS flocked to Saffron Walden's skatepark on Sunday to show off their skills on the ramps and learn some new tricks.

Hundreds of riders brought their boards, bikes and scooters to the first-ever One Minet Park Jam at the skatepark next to the Lord Butler Leisure Centre on Peaslands Road.

Free skate tuition was available from LCB Skate School instructors on the park's new beginner section throughout the day.

Malcolm Moy took his children, nine-year-old Freddie and six-year-old Jonathan, to the event. He said: "They had a fantastic time and the instructors spent a lot of time with all of the beginners.

"There was a really friendly atmosphere with families having picnics on the grass and enjoying watching the skating."

The instructors provided safety equipment and boards and gave advice to youngsters about how to break the skate scene and enjoy the sport safely.

A barbeque was on hand to keep everyone refreshed and DJs provided the soundtrack to the afternoon.

Secretary of the Skate Group, Jane Clark, said: "It was a wonderful community event and we had many people who had never tried skating before come and give it a go. The weather was fantastic and everyone who wanted a lesson got one."

A spokesman from LCB said: "Thanks to the separate beginners' park at One Minet, riders can now have the confidence to skate without fear of crossing the more experienced path but with the added bonus of gaining inspiration and motivation by being right in the thick of a buzzing park."

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