Dozens get their skates on for fun weekly sessions

SK8 rollerskate event at Morpeth Leisure Centre (left to right) Benny Butler, Grace Pathgate, Yasmin Herdman and Matty Ash- all from Morpeth.'REF 0312144850
SK8 rollerskate event at Morpeth Leisure Centre (left to right) Benny Butler, Grace Pathgate, Yasmin Herdman and Matty Ash- all from Morpeth.'REF 0312144850

A couple who set up their own leisure enterprise are hoping to keep the momentum rolling after some initial success.

After a four-week experiment in August to see if there was a demand for the roller-disco sessions, a weekly SK8 Party timetable was set up by Oli Nicholson and his partner Linzi Elliot.

SK8 rollerskate event at Morpeth Leisure Centre (left to right) Benny Butler, Grace Pathgate, Yasmin Herdman and Matty Ash- all from Morpeth.'REF 0312144850

SK8 rollerskate event at Morpeth Leisure Centre (left to right) Benny Butler, Grace Pathgate, Yasmin Herdman and Matty Ash- all from Morpeth.'REF 0312144850

Special events have also taken place at the venues, which include the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth and Ponteland Leisure Centre.

The most popular age range is six to 12, but older children and some parents have decided to join in the fun.

Games are played at each session and there is a real disco vibe, which is created with special lighting and up-to-the-minute music.

Linzi said: “We both did roller disco when we were younger and with it coming back into fashion, we thought it would be a good idea to deliver this experience ourselves.

“Oli is from Hexham and I’m from Morpeth, so we approached the leisure centres in and near these towns to find out if we would be able to set up some sessions.

“The managers at these centres were very supportive of our vision and our decision to give the four-week trial a go was confirmed when we observed some roller discos slightly outside our area – we were surprised by just how many people were taking part.

“The children really enjoy the games, being able to move quickly and the combination of lights and popular music. Total beginners are welcome at SK8 Party events as there is a warm up or practice area, so skaters can go at their own pace.

“We’re also offering private sessions and these are going very well.

“We have established links with charity organisations in the Hexham area and we’ll be looking to do the same in Morpeth and Ponteland.”

At Morpeth, students from King Edward VI School come along to help with the marshalling.

The next SK8 Party special event is fancy-dress Christmas parties, which will take place in Ponteland on Saturday, December 20 and Morpeth on Tuesday, December 23.

For more information about them, the regular sessions and private sessions, email olinic@hotmail.co.uk