Tyne and Wear HER(16785): South Shields, Sea Road, Olympia Skating Rink - Details
South Shields, Sea Road, Olympia Skating Rink
Architects were Joseph H Morton & Son, who also designed White City on Northumberland Road, Newcastle. It opened in 1910. Most rinks had closed by 1914 but the Olympia lasted longer because it hosted other sports such as boxing. In 1931, when the rink was renamed the Spa Roller Rink, a Yorkshireman called Arnold Binns broke the world record by roller skating non-stop for 72 hours and 18 minutes. The rink burnt down in January 1932.
2010, Played in Tyne and Wear - Charting the heritage of people at play, p 18