On a roll: skating booms in lockdown London – photo essay

Roller skating is more popular than ever, with the factories making skates struggling to keep up with demand. During the lockdown skate groups and communities have been coming together wherever they can

On Sunday, Shez Blake, 40, from south London, will have been roller skating for a month. She has been skating with her six-year-old son and excitedly talks about this landmark date because of the joy the sport has brought. “Skating gives you that sense of freedom … it’s like flying in the wind,” she says.

After struggling during the pandemic, skating has helped lift her mood. “There is such a sense of community. You are immediately welcomed.”

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