It’s skate to be in Kirkintilloch!

Kirkintilloch Skate 800 22.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Kirkintilloch Skate 800 22.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

KIRKINTILLOCH Skatepark is to host a major competiton this summer.

The event, organised by Kirkintilloch Skatepark Initiative (KSI), is part of the celebrations to mark the town’s 800th anniversary.

The contest, for skateboarders and rollerbladers, takes place on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19.

With a total of £800 in prize money up for grabs, the SK800 event looks set to be a huge success.

Susan Murray, KSI project co-ordinator, said: “We are looking forward to the competition and so are the skaters.

“We don’t normally have competitions with prize money, but because it’s Kirkintilloch’s 800 anniversary we wanted to hold a special event to mark that.

“We are expecting skaters to come in from all over, but it’s not just about skateboarding, it’s crossing over and it’s about our heritage as well and involving skaters in the community.

“It’s all about helping people who live here to be aware of their heritage.”

The competitions, which will be judged by pro-skaters, will be divided into under-16 and 16 and over categories, with the first prize for each event expected to be £250.

Kirkintilloch skatepark opened in November 2009 following a six-year campaign by KSI.