Interview with Chris Ince and Jennifer Ince
Chris and Jennifer lived in Springfield, in Milton Keynes. They were on holiday when they and their two sons were introduced to skateboarding whilst staying at a camping site in Holywell Bay, near Newquay. They both hired boards and met friends who shared their love for it.
They explain how Milton Keynes became popular with skateboarders from all over because there were a lot of new building blocks, a lot of the flower beds were pure marble, and a lot of the new buildings had a lot of steps for skateboarders to ’kick flip’ down on. Chris and Jennifer owned a newsagent and snack bar in Milton Keynes Bus Station waiting room. It was called ’One Stop Snack Bar’. When the bike shop which sold skateboards in Wolverton called ’Jaimies Cycles’ closed down, Chris and Jennifer decided to open a skate shop and provide for skaters coming to Milton Keynes. They believe that the Bus Station was a useful spot to meet before going to other skateboarding spots, and the transport coming regularly into the area would have helped more people become inspired to start skateboarding.
Chris and Jennifer held a skateboarding competition at the Bus Station. After the success of the competition and the profit they were making at the snack bar, they decided to ‘plough’ that into their ‘next adventure’, and open Radlands Skate Park in Northampton, where they held international competitions.
What appealed to them both was that their sons had a freedom when they skateboarded, it was not a team sport, so they could do it wherever and whenever they liked.