The day that Jean got her skates on

PUBLISHED: 13:28 19 May 2006 | UPDATED: 21:52 28 May 2010

ROLLER skating memories of the 1950s and 60s came flooding back for readers when we featured a picture of a local champion in our May 5 issue. The skater in the picture is now approaching her 70th birthday and still has her skates although she has given u

ROLLER skating memories of the 1950s and 60s came flooding back for readers when we featured a picture of a local champion in our May 5 issue.

The skater in the picture is now approaching her 70th birthday and still has her skates although she has given up using them.

The picture was taken in 1956 when Jean Cundy (nee Bloomfield), won her fifth medal after passing her Silver Dance Test at the Granby Halls Rink, Leicester.

Jean was a teacher at Norman Jacobs' roller rink at Wisbech Corn Exchange and was trained by Brian Jackson at the Leicester rink.

Now living in March, Jean remembers strawberry picking as a 14-year-old to buy her first pair of skates.

Skating was a big craze and Jean had a natural ability which led her to take numerous medals and go on to become a teacher.

When her son Andrew was born 39 years ago she carried on skating, taking Andrew with her in a carrycot.

Jean used to do lots of skating demonstrations and suffered various minor injuries, once ending up in Peterborough Hospital - after being dropped on her head!

She said many youngsters stopped skating when bingo took over at Wisbech Corn Exchange.

Susan Thompson (nee Doughty), of Terrington St Clement contacted us to say she was a regular skater and said Jean was a great teacher and exhibition skater.

Pauline Trundle (nee Taylor), used to skate with Jean but says she was not as good. She also remembered Ann Elmore, Jane Elmore and Pamela Butcher who were good at figure skating.

MARCH and District Model Club attracted enthusiasts of all ages in 1960 and we featured a picture taken at its first flying meeting in a field at Knights End.

During the Sunday afternoon session up to 60 people visited the field in the hope of seeing some of the models take to the air.

We asked if readers could name any of the enthusiasts on the picture. We can now reveal they were the club's vice-chairman Mr K Clifton who was preparing his radio-controlled bi-plane for flight, watched by chairman Mr R Cousins, and treasurer Mr J B Gay.

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