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Did you show off skateboarding skills in the 1970s? See our Days Gone By gallery

PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 September 2020 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2020

Three riders learning how to go up the ramp in synch on Ipswich Orwell Arena skateboarding course in 1978 Picture: ARCHANT

Three riders learning how to go up the ramp in synch on Ipswich Orwell Arena skateboarding course in 1978 Picture: ARCHANT

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Were you a keen skateboarder back in the 1970s? If so, you might spot yourself in our gallery.

A skateboarding session at Felixstowe roller-skating rink in November 1977 Picture: ARCHANTA skateboarding session at Felixstowe roller-skating rink in November 1977 Picture: ARCHANT

Today we are looking back at some of the sporting action enjoyed by youngsters in the Ipswich area over the years.

Learning skills on the skateboarding course at Orwell Arena in Ipswich in 1978 Picture: ARCHANTLearning skills on the skateboarding course at Orwell Arena in Ipswich in 1978 Picture: ARCHANT

Our gallery includes photos from a skateboarding session in Ipswich in 1978, where riders were taught how to use ramps.

A skateboarder at Felixstowe roller-skating rink in November 1977 Picture: ARCHANTA skateboarder at Felixstowe roller-skating rink in November 1977 Picture: ARCHANT

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In the sessions at the Orwell Arena, they were also taught how to carry out various skateboarding moves.

A group of youngsters skateboarding in Woodbridge

 Picture: ARCHANTA group of youngsters skateboarding in Woodbridge Picture: ARCHANT

Also featured are photos of an energetic skateboarding session at Felixstowe roller-skating rink in 1977, where boarders demonstrated their skills.

The skateboarding course at Orwell Arena in Ipswich in 1978 Picture: ARCHANTThe skateboarding course at Orwell Arena in Ipswich in 1978 Picture: ARCHANT

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Skateboarding is thought to have started in California in the 1960s, with its popularity spreading during the 70s, due to the development of urethane wheels.

A skateboarding session at Felixstowe roller-skating rink in November 1977 Picture: ARCHANTA skateboarding session at Felixstowe roller-skating rink in November 1977 Picture: ARCHANT

What are your memories of skateboarding? Email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk or write to Judy Rimmer, Newsroom, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1RS.

A trick using two different skateboards on a course at Ipswich Orwell Arena in 1978 Picture: ARCHANTA trick using two different skateboards on a course at Ipswich Orwell Arena in 1978 Picture: ARCHANT

Order photos via our website, or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.


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