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EUROPE SKATE: SAVING THE SOUTHBANK – 40 YEARS OF HISTORY

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The South Bank Centre in London is world famous for theatre, exhibitions and concerts. The Royal Festival Hall, the biggest of the three buildings that make up the centre, dominates the south side of the River Thames opposite Charing Cross train station on the north side, with the Queen Elizabeth Hall next to it and the Hayward Gallery behind. But the South bank is also famous for something else, something its designers never dreamed of when the centre was created way back in the 1960s…

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GQ: SAVILE ROW TAILOR, SOUTHBANK SKATER: HUNTMAN’S CHRIS BULL ON HIS LIFE OF BESPOKE AND BOARDSLIDES

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Take a walk down Savile Row and you’re certain to see tourists gawking up at at the beautifully-dressed windows, at least three Jaguars and, of course, crowds of men in expertly tailored suits. What you don’t expect to see is a suitmaker speed past on a skateboard. However, stand outside Huntsman at about 9am on a weekday morning and you may catch Chris Bull…

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THE GUARDIAN: SKATEBOARDERS FORM VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY FOR SOUTHBANK

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The soothing thwack of leather on willow seldom echoes around the brutal bulk of the Southbank Centre, nor, to be honest, are ponds, ancient taverns or ribbon-streamed maypoles much in evidence on this particular stretch of the Thames. Instead, the graffiti-washed walls resound with the rattling of tiny wheels, the frequent crack of wood…

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