Have really fond memories of silver blades Birmingham.I went to the opening night of The Silver Blades. It was a Saturday in May/June 1964 I think. My dad had been given tickets for the opening. I had spent the day with my primary school football team at Wembley Stadium to watch the schoolboy international (England-Germany, 0-0 draw) and when I got back on the train to I think New Street Station (although in the morning we'd left from Snow Hill) my parents and sister were waiting on the platform and we went straight to the opening night. What a strange day of incredible experiences- although I do remember being incredibly sad on the Sunday to realise that the trip to Wembley I'd been looking forward to for months was now over and finished, and my night out at the Silver Blades could never be repeated. I remember going down to Cannon Hill Park with my best mate Paul Smith (who'd also been to Wembley) on the Sunday afternoon for something to do, and trying to describe to him how miserable I felt. Later, occasionally on a Saturday morning I'd go to the Silver Blades with my cousin Kenny. I was useless at ice-skating, but it was a fun morning- by then I'd grown out of the ABC minors at the Pavillion in Stirchley.
Have really fond memories of silver blades Birmingham.
I went there from 1966 thru to 1968. Didn't have much to do with any one who worked there or the mohawks.
But did most my growing up in as much as we managed under age drinking and meeting girls happy days.
Unfortunately in that growing up process when you meet someone you like you are to shy and naive to recognise the opportunity.
A lovely girl whose name was Jean and had a best friend called Carol I let slip through my fingers because of my ignorance girls can't wait forever she got engaged Andi assume married. When that happened I stopped going to silver blades ice rink. And went onto other things. One of the joys of the silver blades rink in the mid 60s was the number of pop groups appearing in the early stages of their careers such as Roy Wood ,Jeff Lynne and Steve Marriott. Any one remember those occasions?
DJ's at the rink
Hi Paul. Yes now that you mention it I remember Eddie the Organist. Also a talented Guy. He mainly worked on the Dance / Family Sessions but also did a couple of the "pop sessions" with Gil Martin. I mainly skated on the "pop sessions" (as they were then called). I remember a "Ron Hargreaves" and a "Kevin Dawson" also a freindly guy called "Olly" on the main entrance. Yes I also remember "Ice Ball" it was in its infancy and starting to become popular with the skaters in the late 80s.
I went there from 1975 to around 81 people could hear me .I had a big loud voice and made the noise of a seal .I new wilf o Riley the speed scarer he was so small in those days he called me over once to meet his mom bless him Halloween night was the worst in the first aid room as lots of novices went over on burst balloons.photos posted prior to 2011 were lost due to a forum hack but some have been reposted...such a shame the powers that be cant see their way to building us another ice and rollar rink.. it would be great for city if they could do something for the younger community in general instead of building horrific sky scrappers much of will most likely lie empty for years...twas a very sad time for me when spring hill rollar rink went..