London Friday Night Skate (FNS), the UK’s largest inline skating group, is celebrating it’s 5-year anniversary on Friday 5th May 2006 with a 20-mile skate around the Monopoly board landmarks of London. More than 500 skaters are expected to take part in the route around the city, which takes in all of the famous Monopoly sites from Old Kent Road to Mayfair.
The Monopoly FNS starts from “GO” at the Duke of Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner at 7.30pm on Friday 5th May 2006. It passes “JAIL” at the Tower of London and includes various “SUPERTAX” Government buildings, “COMMUNITY CHEST” banks and “CHANCE” hazards in the form of speed bumps and potholes. The 3-hour skate will finish at a more popular kind of “WATERWORKS” – the Elusive Camel public house at Tower Bridge.
“London has a diversity and vibe that makes it an amazing landscape for street skating,” said Andreas Kolattek from www.citiskate.com, the founder of the London FNS. “The FNS is an exciting and energetic end to the working week, as well as a way to see London from a new perspective. The Monopoly skate attracted hundreds of participants in 2004 and we are pleased to bring it back by popular demand to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the FNS.”
Over 100,000 rollerbladers have joined the weekly group skate since its formation in 2001, when 60 skaters braved the rain on a route to Westminster and the South Bank. Over the 5 years, FNS destinations around the city have included Tower Bridge, Clapham, Hammersmith and Camden. The group now attracts hundreds of skaters every week, including Britney Spears, Prince William and the odd stray dog!
FNS is free to join and open to skaters of all ability, as long as they are able to control turning and braking. It is a volunteer-led group that relies on donations to provide equipment such as the sound system that accompanies the skate. Donations can be made through the FNS website, www.thefns.com. The route is marshalled throughout by volunteer skaters and organised in co-operation with the Metropolitan police.