With the newly refurbished skate park fully open and the community of our towns skaters fully back enjoying being able to get back to their sport and socialising, a group of rollerbladers from Southport organised and held a competition on the 14th August.
People travelled from around the country to participate and watch the talent on show.
There were 4 categories, a kids section, women’s, OG (over 30s) and the open section.
Spectators looked on from the perfect vantage point on the pier and got treated to some incredible talent on display.
Mike Marsh who originally started the petition to get the park’s ramps refurbished had the idea of holding the event and in partnership with Sefton Council and some local and national businesses managed to deliver what was an incredible event enjoyed by all.
Mike told us: “It’s been amazing being able to have this idea and see it through to the end, showcasing the amazing facilities we have here and putting Southport on the map of the skating community, massive thanks to the officers from Sefton Council who helped with the details.
The sponsors who made it possible, the Bliss Hotel, The Mob Club Barbers both local businesses, and finally Cllr Sean Halsall whose been helping us out every step of this journey from the very beginning in getting the funds to refurbish the park.”
Cllr Halsall who represents Kew Ward attended for part of the day and said “It’s so positive seeing the park drawing crowds, not just of skaters but people looking on. Keeping these things in our town is absolutely fundamental to the town’s success.
“Having a diverse set of reasons for people to come and see our beautiful town is how we bounce back from the economic problems the whole country is facing. Its been a pleasure to be involved and work with Mike, Stu and the rest of the community and I’m so proud that they had the vision and dedication to pull this off to the end. They are all a credit to Southport and Sefton as a whole”