This is a collaborative post.
When I was a young girl (I sound ancient don't I?), I loved roller skating. On a Saturday morning I used to go to Picketts Lock Leisure Centre and they would have skating sessions where I would don my skates and go round and round in circles practicing my moves and enjoying the music. It was basically a roller disco for kids that happened every single week.
We used to go there all the time, my sister and I. It's hard to think back and remember the entirety of what was there but they had activities for kids every weekend. There was a climbing wall, a jungle gym, ball sports – you name it, there was something going on. It was the most fun thing to do on a Saturday morning. It was sadly shut down many years ago and then resurrected for the Olympics when it became Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
I remember when I got my first pair of skates. I had badgered my parents for ages and finally they got me some. I really wanted a pair of black ones with illuminous laces and a friend was selling some so they became mine. I remember putting them on and practising in the hallway, in the garden and up and down the road (on the pavement obviously). I used to sit over one of the local parks and watch people on the skating ramps doing their acrobatics on there and think how ruddy fab it looked. I never attempted it myself, I wasn't brave enough for that! I even had a roller skating birthday party when I was ten – my birthday cake featuring Minnie Mouse on skates!
I saw someone on roller skates the other day and it just brought back all these memories. What I noticed though was how petite they are. Back in my skating days they were so big and bulky but now they are small and really really funky. Looking through the selection on Proline Skates, you can even get canvas style ones. I mean how cool is that?! Skates have come a really long way over the years!
I never think of skating as a popular thing these days but that's probably because I'm an old lady now (!) and it's been completely off my radar for years. I'm sure there will be a day though, when Zach or Oscar come home from school and ask for a pair. I just hope that if that time does come, there is somewhere as great as where I used to go. It sadly feels like such facilities don't really exist anymore.