Skate Jam in Bury St Edmunds raises hundreds towards park improvements

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Scooters, skateboarders and BMX riders took to the Bury St Edmunds Skate Park on Sunday to compete in the town’s annual Summer Jam.

The popular event, organised by Hardcore Hobbies, the Bury Skate Park Experience charity and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, saw park users test their skills against each other and visitors from out of town.

Competition heats were organised by staff from Hardcore Hobbies, with coveted prizes - generously donated by the Risbygate Street skate shop’s suppliers - given for the most outstanding in each category.

Paul Jackson, a member of the Bury Skate Park Experience committee, said it was a ‘friendly, chilled out but competitive occasion’ with beginners and pros both taking part.

Music was provided by The Rehearsal Rooms, with DJs also invited to play, and Tom’s Snack Bar provided the refreshments.

The fun was cut short by rain in the afternoon, but organisers hope to hold the remaining competition heats one night in the coming weeks.

Everyone who attended was charged a £4 entry fee and the resulting £850 proceeds will go towards the maintenance of the park and future improvements to the site.

Plans are already underway to make next year’s Jam an even bigger success.