In pictures: Nailsea Community Skate Festival

DESPITE a last-minute date change, the annual Nailsea Community Skate Festival was a great success for all involved.

Originally to be held on Monday, the poor weather forecast forced organisers, Holy Trinity and Trendlewood churches along with Christian Surfers UK, to bring forward the event to Sunday, which proved to be a great decision.

Contests were held in skateboarding, rollerblading, BMX riding and scooter riding at the skate park adjacent to Scotch Horn Leisure Centre. There was also a whole host of other activities for visitors to enjoy on the playing field, including table tennis and a Rock Project stand which allowed people to learn about musical instruments.

This year, the event was recognised as one of the UK’s official Community Games, a programme created to celebrate the 2012 Olympics, and saw torchbearer Corinne Day pop along with her torch.

Event coordinator Phil Williams said: “Many people worked very hard to ensure the change in date was publicised and set up, and that hard work was rewarded with a beautiful sunny day for all the skate park-based competitions and other attractions.”

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Anyone aged 14-18 wishing to see pictures and video from the festival can pop along to a new initiative called the Eight O’Clock Series at Trinity House in Church Lane at 8pm on September 14.

Festival winners:

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Skate 16+ : James Threfall from Melksham

Skate 12-15: Tom Kinman from Yatton

Skate under 12: Josh Brewer from Cardiff

Blade 15+ : Josh Lo from Nailsea

Scooter 12 and under: Charlie Porter from Nailsea

Scooter 13+ : Alex Knight from Nailsea

BMX 14 and under: James Sembhi from Nailsea

BMX 15+ : Ben Edney from Nailsea

Special award - best girl competitor: Boo Porter from Nailsea

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