Joy as roller skaters from Retroskate in Great Yarmouth told they can return to their home from Saturday

Library image of the rollerskating venue used by Retroskate at the Marina Centre. Photo: Archant Lib

Library image of the rollerskating venue used by Retroskate at the Marina Centre. Photo: Archant Library

Roller skaters in Great Yarmouth are celebrating after a deal was struck to allow a successful group to return to its venue.

Members and users of Retroskate will be able to use the Marina Centre from this Saturday following negotiations with centre landlord Sentinel Leisure Trust and Retroskate CIC, which uses the venue for public sessions and Retroskate Artistic Roller Skating Club sessions.

Last month there was outrage after Retroskate members found that their front door at the Marina Centre was boarded up with a notice of forfeiture posted on it.

At the time Sentinel Leisure said there was an ongoing issue with the nature of Retroskate's tenancy.

However this afternoon a joint statement was released which said: 'Following extensive negotiations between the two parties, we are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached which sees Retroskate CIC return to the retro arena.

'Retroskate CIC will open the venue to the public from Saturday for business as usual.'

The statement had a quote from Phillip Read, managing director, Retroskate CIC.

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He said: 'It's great to be back in a position where we can move forward doing what we do best which is providing safe and fun activities that the whole community can benefit from.

'We look forward to developing our relationship with Sentinel Leisure Trust to ensure the ongoing security of both Retroskate CIC and Retroskate ARSC. Our achievements have been remarkable and we can continue to build on our existing strengths in partnership with Sentinel Leisure Trust.'

Stuart Everett, managing director of Sentinel Leisure Trust, said: 'I would like to thank Retroskate for their professional approach to talks which has led to a positive outcome of reopening the skating venue for business.

'We look forward to building a strong relationship that will see the Retroskate business go from strength to strength and support them in providing a much loved activity in the local area. We are also pleased we could continue to support the club in training at the venue in preparation for the British championships during the period of talks and we wish them every success.'

Retroskate artistic club is the largest club of its kind in the country, winning 16 British titles and five international selections.

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