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My first girlfriend fell for me at Dudley roller rink

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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I AM writing this in response to the letter sent in by Steve Murtagh, of Preston, Lancs, in The Bugle (January 9 edition) asking if any readers remember visiting Dudley Roller Rink.

This I believe was either situated under or was part of the "Mirabelle Ballroom" opposite the Station Hotel.

I have fond memories of this "Rollerdrome" as it as here my very first girlfriend literally fell for me.

During one of my sessions there, eight or nine lads ended up in what was then called the "Whip".

This consisted of one skater in the middle with the others joining on in a line going round.

Naturally, the one at the end was going the fastest, and the object was to hold on as long as possible.

Unfortunately on one occasion I was the end man. On my way round three young ladies, who were struggling along the rink side holding on to the rail for dear life, reached a spot where there was a gap to allow skaters to enter the rink.

It was at this point that I could hold on no longer and was flung off, unfortunately directly in my path was a young lady.

I cannoned into her, luckily hitting her skates with mine, knocking her up in the air.

Being a "gentleman" to the last I cushioned her fall as she came down on top of me.

Bearing in mind I had had only a glimpse of the back of her just before we collided, I was most surprised to find she was an extremely attractive young lady. Following the customary apologies and cups of coffee or soft drinks (no alcohol in those days) I discovered she was Miss Jean Poole from Oldbury.

Our friendship developed for several months but finally ceasing and we both went our separate ways. If by any chance she reads this I hope she has enjoyed a very happy and successful life and remembers this small incident which in fact meant a great deal to me.

Stan West,

Zennor House,

Barnfield Road,


DY4 9DE.


Do you know Miss Jean Poole? If you do email editor@blackcountrybugle.co.uk

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