Skaters jam in county town

LEAP OF FAITH: A skater executes an aerial flip

LEAP OF FAITH: A skater executes an aerial flip

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

ENTHUSIASTS should get their skates on for the rescheduled Dorchester Skate Jam this weekend.

A poor weather forecast meant the fifth annual event back in April had to be postponed.

It is now hoped the popular celebration will go ahead without any hitches at Dorchester Skatepark on Saturday, June 21, kicking off at 11am.

For the first time, it will be an official qualifier for the NASS action sports and music festival in Somerset.

Deputy town clerk at Dorchester Town Council Steve Newman said: “The town council is pleased to support this event annually and is confident that there will be a very high calibre of sportsmanship on show.”

Spectators can see some stunning tricks and stunts plus there will be stalls selling skate and BMX-related gear and food.

Organisers from the Dorchester Skatepark Committee have managed to gain national support and sponsorship. Representatives from skatepark builders Maverick will be there as well other companies bringing teams.

BMX manager at CSG Mark Noble said: “We’ll have age groups so everyone can get involved and skate and ride with their mates. Skate and BMX winners will get a golden ticket to compete in the biggest skate and BMX event in the UK.”

The event has been paid for through fundraising plus support from DTC.

Participants of all ages from under 12s to 40-plus are encouraged to join in. Under-nines must bring an adult to register them and all riders are advised to wear helmets and other safety gear.

Community Development Officer at WDDC Emma Scott said: “I am really impressed by the amount of great help this event has been given from the people who have organised it and those who are running activities and stalls on the day.”

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