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The Roller Disco: Taking A Tumble...

The Janet Frazer autumn/winter 1984/5 catalogue brought us some snazzy roller boots - and a dramatic scene from the local roller disco where young Gary Bagnall came a cropper to the distinctive strains of I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me by that rascally popstrel Nik Kershaw.

Said Gary: "I'm awright - dead tough, me - I watch the A-Team."

Said his sister Sharon (also pictured): "I can't take 'im anywhere. 'Ere, put that camera away - I haven't got me gel on."

Roller Discos were an absolute wow in the early-to-mid 1980s. Everybody from Wired For Sound popstrel Cliff Richard to my two grotty little sisters simply had to be seen trying to avoid falling on their bums whilst whizzing around to the likes of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart or Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Relax.

Why?

I suppose they thought it was fun.

But I bet it wasn't half as much fun as Stella Artois.

Probably refreshingly cheaper though.


ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 14/6/2009. UPDATED 21/8/2012

3 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 25, 2009

    I took many a tumble down at Rollerbury, our local Roller Disco! I always particularly enjoyed whizzing around to "Jump" by the Pointer sisters!

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  2. Jarred spine... bruised backside... golden memories!

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  3. FitzmorganJuly 01, 2009

    Oh lordy... great days!

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