TWO men who helped to bring rollerskating back to the Wolverton Agora after a 23 year hiatus have spoken of their delight at the opening weekend success.
Jerry McGrath and Keith Brown welcomed more than 700 people through the doors last Friday and Saturday night and said they were shocked as to how many people responded.
Jerry said: “It was unbelievable, an absolutely stunning reaction. We have had some great comments and feedback from people who came on the night and that means more to me than the business side.”
On the first night, which was for over 18s only, the venue welcomed 490 people, 10 short of the maximum capacity. The following day, which was a free session, saw around 250 people attend.
He said: “We had a lot of young skaters so it was nice for them to have more space. We are more than happy if we can get 250 for the Friday. A lot of people travelled a long way to be there so we understand they might not come again.
“We even had the police in for a look around and we’re hoping they come back when they’re off duty.”
Jerry has now had interest from roller derby teams, roller dance squads and a roller hockey team.
If you would like to join Jerry and Keith at the Wolverton Agora, the event will take place tonight (Friday) between 8pm and 12am for over 18s, or Saturday between 7.30pm and 10pm for an open session.