Skate Park jam competition at Hailsham’s newly opened Tony Tack Memorial skatepark this weekend

The First Official Skate Park Competition for the new Tony Tack Memorial Skate Park will take place on Saturday, May 25.

The new attraction, on the Maurice Thornton Playing Field in Hailsham, is named after Tony Tack, a Hailsham resident who tirelessly dedicated his life to supporting the children and young people of the town.

Tony passed away in 2010 and will not see his idea come to fruition.

The naming of the skate park is a fitting legacy to his tireless efforts, said skater Paul Thirlwell.

The event will start with an hour-long free practice session from 11am before a “Skate Jam” competition for local talent kicks off at noon. This will provide a great platform for the local young people to show off their skills.

The prizes for the winners of the Skate Jam have been provided by Loco Skates of Eastbourne as well as Southern Water and South East Water who are also supporting the contest.

Professional skateboarders and BMX riders from the Wheelscape team will make an appearance during the day.

There will also be a barbecue and DJ and other attractions for all to enjoy.

The Skate Park project received contributions from the Changing Spaces Lottery Fund, Veolia Environment Trust, Wealden District Council, Hailsham Town Council, and Hailsham residents.

Mr Thirlwell said: “A huge debt of gratitude is owed to the Town Farm Residents Committee members, past and present, as it is they who sought support for the venture and drove it forward.

“The skate park is a wonderful addition to the regeneration of the town and young people in the town are very excited as it provides a much needed recreational area.

“It has been designed to cause minimum noise impact on local residents and CCTV will provide safety for the users.”

Application and Competitions forms to enter the “Skate Jam” competitions can be found at The Square Youth Cafe, Hailsham Town Council Offices, and Hailsham East Community Centre.