Video: Heaven is a half pipe for Leeds’ skating fans

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SKATERS in Leeds are in a spin after being let loose at a historic church.

A pop-up skate park has been set up at the St Margaret of Antioch Church, and comes complete with a half-pipe, mini ramps, jump ramps and grind boxes near where the altar would have been.

Skater Kris Vile takes to the ramps as a former historic church has been transformed into a striking skate park. PIC: Simon Hulme

Skater Kris Vile takes to the ramps as a former historic church has been transformed into a striking skate park. PIC: Simon Hulme

Budding young skaters can take part in free skating lessons, with skateboards provided, at the church on Cardigan Road, Burley.

Others can take part in ‘free skate’ sessions, suitable for skateboards, bikes, roller skates and scooters.

Director Vik Banks said: “It is quite a spectacular space and we want to have really spectacular things in here. We thought the skate park would just look amazing.

“Left Bank is a creative space and it is great to find something as dramatic as this to do inside.

“Even the guys who were building the ramps earlier this week were impressed with what we were doing.

“It brings in a different audience into the building and we wanted to really do something for children and families in the local community.”

The mobile skate park is set up underneath the Grade II-listed building’s impressive arches and has been provided by King Ramps.

The venue recently underwent major repairs after £700,000 in grants from English Heritage and other funding and was renamed Left Bank Leeds.

It is now used for community and professional arts and music activities as well as church services and weddings.

Left Bank Leeds will host the skate park until Saturday, February 21, with a celebration event held on Friday evening.

Skating sessions are free for children aged eight to 17, thanks to funding support from Leeds City Council’s Inner North West Area Committee.

Entry is £7 for adults and booking is recommended.

For more information, visit: www.leftbankleeds.org.uk

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