The Doric Columns
Every era has its social crazes and the Edwardian era was no exception. The 1st decade of the 1900’s saw our Edwardian ancestors go through periods of mass enthusiasm for postcard collecting, for Ping Pong, for Diablo Juggling, and for Roller Skating (which they referred to as ‘Rinking’).
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In 1909 an explosion of interest in Roller Skating took place.
Only basic instructions were proffered -
In 1909 there was a phenomenal craze for roller-skating - or rinking as it was known.
The pastime had been evident in the UK from the 1870s. Following the introduction of the 1st rink in 1869 at Rhode Island (USA). Roller-skating then went in decline but regained popularity in 1880, and again in 1909.
Rinks were appearing everywhere, and a specialist newspaper 'Rinking World Journal' catered for the followers of this fashion. Ephemera in the form of comic postcards, photographic and printed images and Cinema followed on from the Rinking craze.
9th October 1909, The Bon Accord Skating Rink, roller skating rink proprietors in Aberdeen.
6th November 1909, Aberdeen Olympia, roller skating proprietors in Aberdeen.
18th December 1909, Torry Skating Palace Company, to acquire the building and property of the roller skating rink at Torry, Aberdeen.
Moss’ Empires Ltd who owned theatres across Britain was one of the companies affected by roller skating and its takings and profits were hit. 64 skating rinks had been established in twelve locations where Moss Empires conducted business in 1909. The management viewed the phenomenon as a temporary one and predicted that business would recover. (Company statement, Scotsman 16th February 1910)
Across the whole of Scotland in 1911, the collapse of roller-skating was occurring. All notices were published in the Scotsman 1911.
A roller skating rink has been opened in
Aberdeen. The building is 260 feet long and 115 feet wide with a skating area of
220 feet by 75 feet. There is a promenade all round 10 feet wide at the sides
and extending to 20 feet at the ends. The plans were prepared by Mr
City Architect, and the total cost of the building has been upwards of £4,000.
[Builder 9 October 1909]
The initial report in the Builder claimed that the Rink would be
capable of skating 5,000 people at once and would also accommodate 5,000
spectators. Given the dimensions as built, these figures would seem
8th November, 1911, advert for a Roller Skating Rink for sale in Forbesfield Road, Aberdeen with right to dismantle and remove. Cost when built in 1909 between £4000 and £5000. It became Garage premises
- Picture Palace
407 Great Northern Road
So before 1911 was out, roller skating within indoor
rinks was at an end throughout Scotland.
Arcade Skating Rink
- roller skating, 431 Union Street.
In the 1930s roller skating was a still
popular pastime and the Music Hall was converted to a roller skating
rink. In January 1931 an attempt was made on the world marathon
non-stop roller skating title. The holder gave up after only a few hours
because of blistered feet. Rather than disappoint the audience, Hadyn Marshall, the professional manager of the
Rink, accompanied by an amateur
skater, Robert Bruce, took up the challenge. Just before midnight on Saturday 17
January, Robert Bruce became the new World Amateur Marathon Roller Skating
Champion with a time of 61 hours 36 minutes – a record still standing.
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