Families flock to skating meeting

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A new weekly roller skating meeting has proven to be a big hit in Haverhill.

Around 100 people each week have attended the classes at Haverhill Leisure Centre since they got underway on April 23.

The success of ‘Skate Mania’, which takes place at 2pm every Saturday afternoon, is now likely to see it branch out for children’s parties and half-term camps.

“We’ve been delighted with the response to Skate Mania and it’s great to see so many happy faces,” said Haverhill Leisure Centre manager Nigel Snape.

“We saw 115 people come along for our first week, and the numbers have remained steady ever since.”

The class was launched with the help of five St Edmundsbury Borough councillors, who donated a combined £2,300 from their locality budgets to help buy the equipment.

As well as gaining backing from ex-Mayor Cllr Betty McLatchy, her replacement, Cllr David Roach, has also thrown his support behind the project.

“I had no hesitation in helping out,” he said.

“It takes me back to my youth as my father was a keen roller skater and competed in roller hockey competitions and we used to regularly go roller skating as children.

“I am plucking up the courage and planning to give it a go myself any day soon.”