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Springhill Ice rink Summerhill Road

sylviasayers

master brummie
Not Springhill I know, but I have read in the Birmingham Mail that the old Silver Blades Ice Rink is to be revamped and reopened. Good news for ice skaters.
 

The Baron

master brummie
Sylvia, the silver blades rink was never the same as the old rink at Springhill so the hockey team had to go to first the old Windsor theater bearwood which had the ice plant from Springhill when it closed, then when Solihull Ice Rink opened we were given ice time there.the then Manager Mr WALTER ALLEN did a lot to held us get hockey going at the Brand new CRESTA RINK. We  had to change our name to the SOLIHULL BARONS. also creating a new team The SOLIHULL VIKINGS.
MECCA when the made Springhill in to a roller rink said the the new ice rink they were building in the city would not allow ice hockey skates. so this made it very difficult for us to keep hockey going we practiced on car park ,roads or any were we could that was until the Windsor gave us a chance to carry on. Many thanks to them back then.
NO I DID NOT LIKE SILVER BLADES OR THE MECCA SETUP. :tickedoff:
 

The Baron

master brummie
I know it not springhill but this photo is of THE SOLIUHLL VIKING the new team formed from ex members of the BIRMINGHAM BARONS after leaving both the springhill & Windsor rinks.
You will no doubt see some faces from previous post under springhill ice rink.
ASTON
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Is it still there Cromwell? :)

I have a photo of my cousin who used to be in the Roller Skating Shows. She lived in Sydenham Road Small Heath.

I used to skate there myself and also went Wrestling Shows there
 

sylviasayers

master brummie
Cromwell, as young teenagers a crowd of us used to go to the Embassy Roller Skating Rink every Friday night,the noise from the skaters was terrific and we used to get covered in a fine dust, like talcum powder which was spread on the floor of the rink, but we had a great time, it was so popular in the mid to late 50s.
 
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O.C.

Guest
I will have a look the next time I am passing Alf and if it is I will take a pic from the same place if I can
 

postie

The buck stops here
Staff member
Sylvia, that dust was french chalk that was scattered liberally over the wooden floors, it was supposed to make the floor surface last longer. ;)
 

sylviasayers

master brummie
Postie, I realised after I had posted that it was probably french chalk, as you get older you know what you want to say but can't always get the name or phrase quite right - you see it will happen to you too.
 

robert

master brummie
The Empire has long been gone. Im sure it changed names to the Embassy. Anyway it burnt down in the 70s/80s , houses built there now.
 

chriswilshaw

proper brummie kid
Any memories of the Old Birmingham Ice Rink at Springhill. My memories are from 1950s till its close when MECCA Replaced it with a roller rink,for starters I Post a Pic of my self & my then girlfriend now wife Pamela & her friend Janet.(The Blondes mine) I do hope there is some one out there who remembers. They were GOOD DAYS.
ASTON


So many happy memories of the ice rink. I used to go Friday, Saturday and Wednesday every week from around 1960 until it closed. I remember "ladies only on the ice" and then gents. Always used to have a coffee in the coffee bar. Also rememmber watching the Mohawks. I wore hockey boots and figure boots weren't the "in thing" at the time

Christine
Ex Alum Rock Girl
Now in YOrkshire
 

The Baron

master brummie
Chris, those were the days, I spent my youth in that rink started skating at 11 still skate on and of with the grankids at solihhull.
Do you remember Mr Butcher the then manager he was the Guy who gave us a chance to bring Ice Hockey to the Birmingham public, for the first time in 30 years.
Did you ever see any games played by the BIRMINGHAM BARONS?
When the colsed the rink we moved the Solihull,the BARONS name has gone but the Solihull Vikings (Which was started by Ex Barons my self included) still play at solihull no longer the senior team its sad to say but still going strong.
You say about girls wareing Hockey boots,Girls now play fantastic Hockey and are now playing in the Olympic.Look out and see THE NEXT WINTER OLYMPICS.
Any one got any memories of the winter olympics in England in the late 40s?
Have a nice day all
ASTON
 
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angeleyes

Guest
silver blades

hi anyone remember the heart beat club upstairs love all mary
 

bigland

knowlegable brummie
Hi Postie,
Just been looking at the photo of ice rink, brings back memories, do you know around which year it was taken?
Brummie
 

chriswilshaw

proper brummie kid
Springhill

Hi Aston

I do remember the Birmingham Barons now that you've mentioned them. I was there on the last night the rink was open. Queued outside for ages to get in. We also used to have "passes out" and we'd walk with our skating boots on over to the coffee bar across the road but I can't remember what it's called.

I haven't skated for years but still have my ice skating boots from 1963!!!

Chris
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Hi Aston

I do remember the Birmingham Barons now that you've mentioned them. I was there on the last night the rink was open. Queued outside for ages to get in. We also used to have "passes out" and we'd walk with our skating boots on over to the coffee bar across the road but I can't remember what it's called.

I haven't skated for years but still have my ice skating boots from 1963!!!

Chris

Dust them off Chris 'Dancing on Ice' is waiting for you:D
 
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