ROLLER skating grandmother Jocelyn Taylor, 83, has found a TV starring role as one of the faces of Bupa.
The former nine-times British champion is something of a local legend and continues to coach others regularly at Colchester’s RollerWorld.
She appears in the new Bupa Healthcare advert showing off her perfect arabesque as she skates with a former rival.
Jocelyn, from Bury St Edmunds, said: “It was very exciting, I got to skate with Stanley Balls, a former skater, who hadn’t skated for 20 years.
“I laughed when I found out Bupa wanted to use me in their advert. I thought the days of film and glamour had long gone,” she said.
The pair filmed for hours on a snowy December day in Shoreditch Town Hall in London and the ‘Helping You Find Healthy’ adverts were first aired on March 10.
Jocelyn’s 65-year career saw her win figure, pair and free skating championships and she coached at Bury’s Rollerbury before it closed in June 2001.
She began skating when her sister was given some skates.
“I used to persuade her to let me use them,” said Jocelyn. “I used to skate around the basement. I felt like a real fairy.
“Skating became my obsession. When my mother wasn’t at home I was allowed to come up from the basement and skate out in the street.”
Roller skating is a family affair for the Taylors – Jocelyn’s son Ashley is a former four-times champion for Britain and both her grandchildren enjoy the sport.