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tu 11 Jul
2017

Dunfermline roller skating brass bandLast century roller skating on Bournemouth Pier was certainly al fresco and possibly ad hoc, impressive how many ladies involved and muffs (possibly echoing ice skating) were clearly a fashion accessory but what intrigues is why the two ladies at the back of the Dunfermline roller skating brass band need a bucket?

sa 24 Jun
2017

Surrey Roller Derby in NorwichToo hot for roller derby In Norwich last Sunday but we did enjoy Surrey Roller Girl Ampersand What!'s good tempered interaction with an outside ref confirming what she was being penalised for.  Derby name of the day Crazy Cat Lady, not clever, not punningly witty but probably refreshingly true.

mo 12 Jun
2017

Borderland Brawlers scrimmagePretty obvious why on the outskirts of Stamford the shiny new sports centre and home of the Daniels is called Borderville ... it's maybe just 100 yards from the county border with Rutland.  On Saturday a clash with a children's party in the hall slowed things down but the track was already laid, the bouncy castle soon packed away and NSOs instructed.  A bunch of friends, relatives and potential derbyists got to see a lively Borderland Brawlers scrimmage and were soon picking it up ... two small boys near us were advising the jammer to pass the star.  Derby name of the day Eiffel Power.

th 8 Jun
2017

Two little Dutch girls (from Somerset) on roller skatesWe do wonder if like laptops/tablets and glasses of wine today early last century roller skates were used to make people appear up to date with a sophisticated look and lifestyle ... like it does today:)

sa 13 May
2017

We liked the dungarees/bare foot boys look of the Norfolk Brawds' coaches and helpers at last week's Bouty McBout Face roller derby.

tu 9 May
2017

Surrey Roller Girls skate outThe Spectrum Leisure Centre Guildford is a warren with an ice rink, swimming pool and of course a bloody Costa Coffee.  Hosts Surrey Roller Girls had a theatrical element to their skate out of which we much approve but then they were rather overwhelmed 423-34 by Rebellion Roller Derby.  Perhaps in that situation more offence than defence because their jammer is just going to keep on lapping until you get your jammer out ... but then what do we know?  Derby name of the day Hunter Stompson (2 clever by 1/2).

fr 28 Apr
2017

It doesn't surprise us that the the London Roller Girls have a junior league.London Roller Girls junior league - pic contributed

tu 21 Mar
2017

East Anglo Smackson v Knights of OldhamAt the Sewell Park Academy Norwich Saturday the caretaker (he probably has a posher job title than that) untypically was friendly (he sorted out the machine giving us the wrong coffee) and actually watched the roller derby.  The officials' sweetie stash included old fashioneds and surprisingly some remembered four for a penny Blackjacks, Fruit Salads and Mojos.  Despite committed derbying from the Knights of Oldham an East Anglo Smacksons win and thankfully no serious injuries.  Derby name of the day Rolling for Soup.

su 26 Feb
2017

Artful Dodgers junior roller derbyQuite a wait for roller derby to arrive in Suffolk, now we're watching out for junior derby in East Anglia.  There's been mutterings at Norfolk Roller Derby and it's reached Kent.

th 23 Feb
2017

Dainty Dolly MitchellThere was a period mid last century when with variety and the wireless you could make a living from whistling and playing the harmonica.  As we've pointed out before earlier in that century you could make a living from rolling ... just l♥ve Dainty Dolly Mitchell.

we 8 Feb
2017
International Derby Photographer Day

East Anglo Smacksons v Weald WarriorsOur first roller derby of the year East Anglo Smacksons v Weald Warriors was in a new to us  venue, the Sewell Park Academy Norwich.  Unlike most UK sports halls Sewell Park is well lit but not quite big enough for comfortable derby with the ref lane on one straight being little more than two feet wide.  Regrettably there was a problem with the scoreboard projector (like our remote flash) because in the latter part of the bout it was often a one point game with frequent lead changes.  In the end a Smacksons win.

sa 7 Jan
2017

Roller skating in the 1950sA 1950s roller skate wedding1950s roller derby skater Jean PorterRolling on cards in the 1950s with a roller skate wedding, roller derby without a helmet and roller skating as a seaside pursuit at Great Yarmouth.

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