Olympia Skating Rink
South Shields, South Tyneside
27 Jun 2022
Architects were Joseph H Morton & Son, who also designed White City on Northumberland Road, Newcastle. It opened in 1910. Most rinks had closed by 1914 but the Olympia lasted longer because it hosted other sports such as boxing. In 1931, when the rink was renamed the Spa Roller Rink, a Yorkshireman called Arnold Binns broke the world record by roller skating non-stop for 72 hours and 18 minutes. The rink burnt down in January 1932.
Ordnance Survey, 1890s
Olympia Rolling Skating Rink, undated. Source: Shields Gazette
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Interior of skating rink, undated. Unknown Source
Historic Environment Records
Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past
Tyne and Wear: Sitelines
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