Finally, it’s (almost) stopped raining and thus Raiders of the Lost Park is back as a monthly feature giving us the opportunity to search out and session some of UK skateboarding’s forgotten artefacts.
This month’s mission saw us head over to Sheffield in search of the mysterious and somewhat confusing Kelvin Bowl. First brought to our attention by the Instagram hashtag that spawned this idea ( #somebodycallnyjah ) a couple of years ago by Timmy Garbett, this concrete oddity is markedly different from the primarily metal destinations of earlier Raiders of the Lost Park odysseys.
Photo: Greg Somerset
Raiders of the Lost Park – Kelvin Bowl, Sheffield
Music by Will Sheerin – more at Instagram @padsofhue
For some reason, I had convinced myself of having visited Kelvin Bowl back in the early 1980’s but after speaking to fellow geriatric, Rob Bannister of The House indoor skatepark, it turned out that my teenage memories were incorrect, as Kelvin bowl was constructed in the early 1990’s. The 70’s Sheffield relic that I’d blithely kickturned around on back in 1985 was more likely to have been Norton’s snake run/bowl that dates back to the right period, and is still there waiting for a future Raiders mission.