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Pete Butler

Joined Jul 5 2012
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75 years old
Martock, Somerset
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I am a bog standard, Mr Average, which included my speed skating with Southsea Roller Speed Club from 1960 to about 1978! I have kept up my skating to a degree and can still whizz round a track, although my legs are a bit shaky!!! I still have the same skates that I had then (Italian Star skates, given to me by John Toy, and a pair of Jimmy Greaves football boots made especially without the studs! I am touring the UK now, seeing all the places that I never got to before, and searching out all the skating rinks I can. It would be marvellous to hear from any of my old friends in the skating world.

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Reply Ralph Guy
12:47 PM on January 10, 2022 
Hello Peter , don't know if you remember me from Southsea 65to about 68 when I was tempted away by the "Dark Side " Roller hockey .
I Remember Mick and Ena Murphy . Dave Power and a few more . Hope you are well . Would be good to hear from you
Reply Colin ogburn
3:08 PM on August 9, 2021 
Hi Pete. You were much better than bog standard. I had many good battles with you on track. It?s great that you can still skate, my legs don?t allow me to. They were good days. I have lived in Folkestone for the last 50 years keep fit.
Reply roy lowe
12:54 PM on December 5, 2012 
HI Pete, yes John Toy is still around and i think that he's still with Joan , I saw him at a filling station recently and sadly he didn't recognise me, strange as we were good mates and travelled ,trained together for years, he plays bridge now i was told and is probably in his late seventies as he is a few years older than me, if you click on the commented photos we are on there sitting by the beach !! wall, Roy
Reply roy lowe
11:31 AM on December 5, 2012 
Hi Pete, surprisingly i do remember you along with many other Southsea skaters from the sixties i stayed at Southsea with John toy in 1961, I think that we stayed with Mick cotton, there is a photo of John and myself from that weekend sunbathing by the beach wall o this site, check it out if you want, good to hear that your'e doing ok
Reply John C. Fry
3:21 PM on August 15, 2012 
Hi Peter! Thanks for the note. I'm obviously still finding my way around my own site as I've only just found out I've got a message from you. Thanks for the kind words. Glad you like it. Spread the word!!
All the best