When We Was Rad:
Skateboard History from UK Vintage Magazine

Guide to UK skateboard spots, as they were in 1988

Where to skateboard in Britain, 1988 styleThis is the one part of R.a.D Magazine which lives on as more than just a memory. It moved on line in 1994 and can still be found at www.knowhere.co.uk although the content is very different now.

I see from the introduction that we introduced a new rating system with this issue of the magazine. There’s a wistful tone to the observation that few people would expect to travel more than 10 or 20 miles to skate, and that no ditch could ever rate 5 stars. In the old days (the old days then) some of us used to travel from one end of the country to another in order skate something like Monk’s Ditch. Or, more to the point, to skate with other people at Monk’s Ditch.

What would the skaters of 1988 have made of the situation 20 years later? What would the skaters of 1980 have made of it? I think only the skaters of 1978 would have dared imagine a world of mini-parks all over the place and mega parks dotting the land. We got what we longed for. How does it feel?

2 responses to “Guide to UK skateboard spots, as they were in 1988”

  1. I fanatically trawled through the Where guide of each magazine always looking for that new street spot nearby that we’d not skated yet. We once went searching for the Chingford ramp with nothing more than a 1-day bus pass.

    Although we didn’t find the ramp, the day turned into a ‘search for Animal Chin’ and we had a great day!!

  2. This site is like time travel – I memorized every page of this biblical magazine… and my own little contribution is here! Updates to the Holywell Bay and Millendreath parks from ‘Eddie Chester’ hahahaa. How many people can relate to scanning Where? to make a family holiday from hell interesting by finding something to skate nearby… the Millendreath one was so weird – the guy running the crazy golf looked puzzled about what I would be doing in the little bowls – like no one had ever figured out what this relic was for. Holywell was great… even OTHER skaters were there – kind of rare at the time.

    R.I.P. Kettering Skatepark – when my kids want to go to Wicksteed I still go and stand on the carpark that replaces my fav. place to spend a hot summers day when I was a kid – my Auntie lived just opposite and I got to ride it for a week every year. I remember being the only one in there one day and seeing a kid watching through the fence sat on his bike. He didn’t have any money to get in so I paid then watched the amazing skills of the legend that is ‘Chilly’ in his youth powering out of the bowl – jaw dropping.

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