Would the bar you went to have been the original panorama bar ? This was in a better place than its after-fire replacemant. The bar was at the corner and looked out over the whole of London- hence its name. Was the roller rink at that end of the building too ?
No, the bar was actually just off to the right of the rink. The refreshment area was divided into two areas, a cafe part and the bar. Also had the skate hire room there.
As you look at the palace, the rink was at the left end [the Grove end?] opposite end to the BBC.
I remember the Panorama bar - pink/purple neon sign seems to ring a bell.
Hi Bill - The floor had a urethane coating so Bostik was applied to the wooden wheels to give grip on the bends. Plastic wheels dragged & were a lot slower. The Bostik wheels marked the floor so the speed skating moved next door to The Palm Court on a smooth asphalt track.
Beadle shop was in Myddleton Road N22 before moving to Finsbury Road N22. If you use Facebook join the group - Roller Skating In North London.
I was served my first pint in The Panorama Bar - Happy Days.
HI, EDDEY THIS IS CHRIS PERCIVAL NICE TO SEE YOUR NAME AFTER SUCH A LONG TIME,WAS YOUR SCHOOL MATE AND SKATING RACER WITH YOU AT THE PALACE AS A JUNIOR ALL THE BEST CHRIS.
Hi Chris - I'm in shock mate. Not seen or heard from you for over 40 years -
Steve Meakin 1st - you 2nd - me 3rd - Ron Hawkes Trophy 1970.
I am in Dubai so let's catch up online.
Roller Nation in Bruce Grove is due to reopen start of October if new COVID rules don't put an end to it.
Thanks for the info - I will pass on :-)
F A B U L O U S !!!!!
Glad you like it, I 'lost' an evening last night to the 1960s and 1970s having discovered this site!