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Embassy Roller Rink Walford Road

rollerinklass

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Re: Memories of the Embassy Roller Rink

Hi Karen
Thanks for the great photos! All those smiling faces too shows how much they enjoyed their skating. I only skated at the Embassy in Waldorf Road. I have so many happy memories in fact some of the best days of my life. I put my grand-daughters roller boots on the other week but I soon found out that in my mind I could skate but unfortunately my legs couldn't! Still dream on!!!
Barbara
 
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Stitcher

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The Empire R. Rink..jpg

The Embassy roller rink, Walford Road. I used to go Roller Skating here.
 

Morturn

Super Moderator
Staff member
Love the grand entrance. The building as still there when I worked in the area.
 

tim eborn

master brummie
It was used as some part of the munitions program during the WW11 remember seeing the shell cases moving along the conveyor line past the open doorways one summer when going up Conway Rd with my sister.
Later used the skating rink when I was about 12/13 years old. Remember coming off the rink onto the rubber matting of the café, stopped you dead in your tracks.
Also the problem of getting a half decent set of skates when you rented them, truly a case of first come best served.
Cheers Tim.
 

Vivienne14

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Staff member
Was it also once the sportsdrome ? This 1949 programme of a boxing event is for sale on eBay. Viv.

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Stitcher

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I remember going to watch the boxing there but it was not the best venue for it. I also used the Austin and J. Lucas on Shaftsmoor Lane where the bouts were held in the canteen , on Friday evenings I believe.
 
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Stitcher

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I have just had a thought, I may be wrong but I have a vague memory of watching wrestling at The same venue as well.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
Fascinating to see a photo of the embassy Roller Rink - I gather it was part of the Sportsdrome. I think this is the rink where my late Aunt trained at with the Birmingham Speed Skating Team - I know that she and her friend went on to skate for the British Team. In fact the first ever British Women's Speed Team were all from Birmingham - Pat Kirkham (who I remember meeting without any idea how good a skater she had been), Doreen Aspley (as she was then and later Campbell, my Aunt) and Marlene Worrall.
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
Janice

You don't give a year for your aunt, but is she among these youngsters in 1949?

Sparkbrook Embassy Arena 1949.jpg
 

pjmburns

master brummie
Sorry - should have said. Early 1950s so 1949 is a bit early. Think she went to the World Championships in 1952 or 1953. When on laptop will post website showing her and Pat.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
I am now back on my laptop so can post links. Doreen married my Uncle in 1956 so it was before that but she was skating when I first met her in about 1954. On this site it says more about Pat - the golden girl of roller speed skating but my Aunt is the middle girl in the photo of 3 part way down the page. https://www.britishskatinglegends.com/kirkhampat.htm
 

devonjim

master brummie
I am now back on my laptop so can post links. Doreen married my Uncle in 1956 so it was before that but she was skating when I first met her in about 1954. On this site it says more about Pat - the golden girl of roller speed skating but my Aunt is the middle girl in the photo of 3 part way down the page. https://www.britishskatinglegends.com/kirkhampat.htm
Notice in your "link" mention of the present day Birmingham Wheels Club. My two nieces were members there for some years and the one held the British Championship for her age group.
 

Anita hill

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Ah the Embassy roller rink! I absolutely loved the place and went nearly every night all the way from Northfield on two buses then on a Saturday and Sunday too, I believe they opened in the afternoon on a Wednesday too. I was onsessed with the place. Eventually my Dad brought me a second hand pair of roller skates with white kid boots attached, I was over the moon. I met my first husband there in 1957and that was the end of my skating.embassy 12.jpg
 
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Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
welcome anita i felt the same way about spring hill rollar rink...hope you enjoy the forum

lyn
 

JohnGriff

proper brummie kid
Stan handed out the skatess and also acted as a second at the wrestling.I used to sit in the front row with my Dad every week. Iwas given a kiss for i think my eleventh birthday by Kendo Nagasaki who always wrestled in a mask.Conrad Davies promoted the wrestling and some of the wrestlers played snooker with my Dad (he had a full size snooker table in the attic), we lived in one of those rambling houses in Walford Road. My husband was in the speed skating team and still has the scars and missing elbow to prove it! Amazing how three little words "Embassy roller rink take you back 40+ years
hi carrie,,,is your name styler,,,,,i knew your father and bought my first car from him,,,,a wolseley,, 680, [wished i still had it],he was a true character,,,very funny man,,,,i used to see him on monday nights at the wrestling,,,,where did the years go?
 
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