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th 1 Jan
2020

1953 London All StarsHappy New Year.  The bit of Suffolk that is near the coast tends to go into hibernation during January but we'll forage for any stirrings.  In the meantime here's the pic we meant to use about bank track roller derby in that there London and the 50s.

mo 23 Dec
2019

Grimbolina maybe feeling furiousWhenever an half arsed journo describes roller derby as skaters racing furiously you know they've never seen a bout ... mind you the skaters' state of mind might be furious ...

sa 14 Dec
2019

Christmas roller disco in the Tommy Mills sports hall Framlingham tomorrow am.

fr 13 Dec
2019
Friday the 13th

Biloxi Skating RinkSome North American and Australian place names suggest they were named by the indigenous peoples.  Biloxi a coastal resort in Mississippi is one of those names and this postcard of the roller rink prompted us to think was it Picking your feet in Biloxi?  No, it was Picking your feet in Poughkeepsie.

sa 7 Dec
2019

We've renamed this roller derby section rolling to make it more inclusive.

su 1 Dec
2019

Impressive lighting effects for Peter PanWe were pleased to see the dress rehearsal Framlingham's Off-Ice Skating Club's Christmas show Peter Pan.  Like last year's show this year's is charming and has lots of impressive lighting effect.  More info and tickets from pippatigerlove@talktalk.net.

we 27 Nov
2019

In our childhood we read from the public library an autobiography of a CanadianTriple Sword Roller Girls first practice sports promoter working in 1950s London.  Not surprisingly he promoted ice hockey but perhaps more surprising also bank track roller derby,  The long term result of our reading was when Twitter showed a derby league forming in Essex we had a very faint idea what it was about.  The Triple Sword Roller Girls never completed their gestation but no doubt the skaters are still out there somewhere.

fr 15 Nov
2019

Skate outs and dancing for the Hydra?  Definitely! ... roller derby eh?

sa 19 Oct
2019

Freedriding at Hogtoberfest 2019Sunday we arrived at Hogtoberfest on the outskirts of London in time for the presentations but there was freeriding afterwards.  Hogg Hill continues to develop with new to us dance and street luge.  We were particularly impressed with a very young woman who despite a dressing on her right leg and struggling to slow in the first right hander was still buckboarding.

su 22 Sep
2019

British Championship roller derby this afternoon on the Beeb website.

sa 7 Sep
2019

Julie Andrews in roller derby uniformDidn't know that wholesome (and no doubt fragrant) Julie Andrews skated bank track roller derby ... she didn't mention it amongst her favourite things.

su 10 Aug
2019

Jerry Seltzer  1932-2019 - pic contributedWe were very flattered when Jerry The Commissioner Seltzer replied to our Facebook comment that the previous flat track roller derby two whistle start made for more variety in play.  He pointed out that in old time banked track derby the pack just kept rolling.  We are very sorry to report that Jerry passed away at the beginning of last month.

sa 3 Aug
2019

Wes Aronson and Peggy O'NealUsual mainstream overblown journalism when writing about roller derby but also the unlikely info that writer Damon Runyan co-created banked track derby with promoter Leo Seltzer.  Runyan wrote the Broadway short stories on which the musical Guys and Dolls was based ... certainly seems unlikely but then Runyan was also a sports reporter with a liking for boxing.

sa 22 Jun
2019

Very pleased to see Denver keeping the roller derby skate out alive and entertaining.

th 30 May
2019

Debut of short track roller derbyShort track roller derby, three on the track, seven in a team, turn right in the first half turn left in the second, no lead jammer and NO penalty box you lose two points for a penalty (seven penalty ejections?) ... interesting but not stupid eh?

tu 12 Mar
2019

Grimbolina at the Norfolk Brawds' first public bout in 2011In an attempt to please Mr Google the roller derby section has been reorganised with Norfolk Roller Derby, Suffolk Roller Derby and the now defunct Seaside Sirens having their own pages.

mo 25 Feb
2019

Roller derby skater Boris Gridcity in Houghton Regis ... don't worry, most people don't know where it is either.

we 13 Feb
2019

Millers Toffee  Shell Motor Spirit  Music hall act Mercy and Teddy  Fancy dress and uniforms

Victorian and Edwardian roller skating clearly went together with fancy dress

 ... plus ça change eh?

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