As you may have, and should have heard by now, the Long Live South Bank campaign has been created in order to save the Undercroft area of London’s South Bank, a popular area for skateboarders and BMX riders and a huge part of London’s skateboarding history, if not the world’s, from re-location in the very near future.
On the 7th March 2013, the Southbank Centre publicly announced its new plans for the Festival Wing, a re-development which will affect the Undercroft, used by skaters, BMX riders and others. The re-development will use the current Undercroft space for new shops, cafés and restaurants.
This coming bank holiday weekend the South Bank will host three days of activity with the intention of drumming up support for the Long Live South Bank campaign and as a way of showing that skaters, shoppers, diners and pedestrians can operate harmoniously in one space. With public skate lessons, pro demos and best trick jams alongside a photography exhibition, mini film festival and DJs playing across the weekend, South Bank will be a hive of activity for the three days, from 12 til late.
I have been coming to London regularly since the age of 10, and as an eager young skateboarder the South Bank was always a place I would drag my parents too on any trip. Years on and now living in London, South Bank is still a regular haunt of mine and I’d be sad to see the history of the Undercroft destroyed.
Get down to the South Bank this weekend and show your support, and don’t forget to sign the petition to save the South Bank at Long Live South Bank.