AFTER a 23-year absence roller skating will return to the Agora in Wolverton.
Skaters were disappointed to see the venue close in 1989 after owner Jerry McGrath was evicted by the shopping centre’s previous owners.
However, Mr McGrath, who lives in Wolverhampton, was determined to bring the event back and after a long absence will finally be able to do so next Saturday.
He said: “I am absolutely over the moon. Back in the day our events were fantastic and the reaction we have had since we said we were returning has been unbelievable. There are parents who used to come when they were children wanting to bring their young ones along.”
During the absence Mr McGrath tried to chat to the former owners on numerous occasions but each time was met with the same answer.
He said: “I must have been in 10 times over the last 20 years and each time they were always very negative. In the early days I was sure it would happen then as time went on I started to give up hope.
“There are not enough leisure facilities around and the venue was purposely built for skating.”
One reader @delabird tweeted her memories of roller skating at the Agora: “I can remember my sister @TazFair and her friends pulling me around it when I was very little, maybe fiveish.”
The re-opening event will be over 18s and held next Friday between 8.30pm and 12.30am. On the Saturday there will be an open session for people of all ages from 7.30pm until 10pm. The venue will then be open every Friday and Saturday from then on with other days a possibility.