Southampton Vikings will
sadly miss Kez who was tragically killed when she was in a road traffic accident
on the A29 road in West Sussex on the 17th of July 2010.
Kez was an extremely well
loved member of the club and would brighten up anyone's day without having to
make any effort, her personality was so vibrant and welcoming. She was full of
life and was a very loving human being who cared greatly about all of her
friends and family and would go out of her way to help as much as she could for
She was engaged to be married
in August 2010, just six weeks before tragedy struck and condolences and heart
felt sorry goes out to her family and her fiancée who is a kind and loving guy
who brought such happiness to Kez.
God bless you Kez, we will
miss you so much. xx
This is the home
page of one of the oldest Ice Hockey Clubs in the UK. Although there is no home
ice at the moment doesn't mean that the spirit isn't willing, it is alive and
raring to go once a new ice rink is ready.
Southampton City Council are
working to bring ice skating back to its citizens after the old Banister rink
closed its doors to the paying public in controversial circumstances in 1988. For over fifty years up to 1988 with only a break because of
war damage, we enjoyed the facility. It was only the greed of a corporate bully
who's only intention of buying into the ice rink site in 1963 was to sell it off
for luxury housing which took them 25 years to achieve and ended in the closure
of the rink.
Over the past 10
years, this site and other organisations like The Southampton Ice Dance and
Figure skating Club have helped to
convince the local council that an ice rink in Southampton is viable and will be
well patronised. It has been a long arduous battle with disappointments and some
successes, but it would appear that the effort has been worth it and we intend
to continue until we skate out onto the brand new ice surface built on land in
Southampton. It will happen, of that we are all sure.
Emails to the city council
will be appreciated and handed on to Councillor Hannides is
Cabinet member for Leisure. We have to show that there is a need for an ice rink
and although the evidence is there already, the council have to be convinced it
is not going to cost the earth and end up in closure after only a short time.
Ice rinks as we know cost buckets of cash to build and run and no one expects
any council to spend tax payers money on something that is going to end up a
total waste of time effort and....... money.
So, if you are
reading this and you are from Southampton or any part of the region, email your
councillor and tell them
what you think.
They must listen to what you have to say, you effort could make all the
difference to our city boasting a state of the art ice rink or yet another
office block, hotel or even more shopping facilities.
The BRICK is
depending on you!!
I hope you enjoy
this site, if you remember the ice rink, then it will take you back to the days
when skating was a way of life for many in Southampton. People say that they
used to spend their lives at the rink, like me, it was my second home for a long
time. Of course, it is not just about the great sport of hockey, it is also
about ice skating, ice dancing, ice shows, ice cream, well, a little bit of
poetic justice, please!
A new ice rink would
be,,,,,,,,.............the icing on the cake.
We have had several reunions, the first was
in 2006, 29th of December when Southampton City
Council decided that they would try a temporary ice rink in Guildhall Square and
we took full advantage of it by showing them that the old skaters still had the
legs and the lungs to show those younger than we were that we hadn't forgotten
how and why we still wanted another permanent ice rink in the city.
In 2008, twenty years after the closure of the rink we held a campaign that
culminated in the collection of petition containing 5,000 signatures, a march
through the city that began at the very place where the ice pad was situated,
now covered with cobble stones, glad it wasn't someone's carpet, and followed
later by a reunion game between the old Vikings and a team of up-for-it Army
Blades, thanks guys, you played well.
23rd of August 2008 reunion match report