Southbank has been the main London skate spot since 70’s. Skaters from all over the world come together in this underground graffiti graced ‘Mecca’ to share their passion and be around like-minded people. The spot has been a hub for skaters for generations. Not forgetting the thousands of BMX riders that flock here for the same reasons.
Southbank hasbeen a witness to some of the world’s best skateboarders such as Mark Gonzales and is a place where more novice skaters can brush shoulders with some of these legends.
‘Southbank is important to skate boarding as a whole, not just London skateboarders’ Katy L, Campaigner
What is now happening is that London council are looking to ship away the culture, fun, and home of London skateboarding out of Southbank. Why are they doing this you ask? Because apparently London does not already have enough extortionist retail spots. The idea of scrapping a piece of London culture and heritage is ironic in a place that celebrates art and ‘culture’, the Southbank arts centre. London council is dead set on turning London into one large coffee shop.
But the skaters of Southbank are not going down without a fight. The weekend just gone we headed down to Southbank to attend ‘Save Southbank’. Save Southbank is a petition set up by the local skaters appealing to keep their Mecca.
‘If they get rid of Southbank, we will be homeless.’ James. R 18 year old skateboarder.
We attended the first day of the event and the turn out was amazing. The atmosphere was great and you could really tell how much this place meant to them. We met skaters and BMX’ers alike that all have so much love for the place and who woulddf be gutted if it gets taken away from them.
The talent at Southbank is amazing and to demolish that just to put some shops there is stupid.
To help show your support head to : http://www.longlivesouthbank.com/
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