Medway Roller Dance and Social Club was founded in 1949 and for many years the skaters met at the Rochester Casino. Roller Dance skates in those days had wooden wheels and the Casino Halls  were filled most evenings with the roar of skating wheels.

Many of the skaters from those early days at the Casino persisted with their passion for roller skating.  Jennifer Barker, now a Club Coach has belonged to the Club since she was 6 years old.  Jenny (then Jennifer Gedge) excelled at free skating and is seen in the photograph when she won the Jackson Cup in 1955.


The Club has always enjoyed providing spectacular public entertainment and have performed displays, shows and pantomimes since the 1950’s.

In the 1950’s and 60’s, Club Members performed Show numbers as part of the ‘Top Town Variety’ contests when the three Medway Towns fought for supremecy.

During the 1950’s, the Club had exchange visits with a Dutch Roller Skating Club.

Club Members have on three occasions skated live on the children’s programme Blue Peter.

On 26.2.99, our skaters performed a fast moving routine ‘The Gold Dance’ from the Club’s Pantomime Dick Whittington which had  been staged at Woodville Halls, Gravesend in December 1998. Later in the Programme skaters joined Katie and Simon in the ‘Friday Challenge’ which was a Team Race. 

Our skaters returned to Blue Peter on 8.1.2001. At the request of the Blue Peter producers, skaters performed a routine to Kylie Minogue’s ‘Spinning Around’.  Blue Peter presenters again put on roller skates.  On this occasion, they interviewed our skaters as they all whirled around the Blue Peter studio.

On 22.3.2006, our skaters again performed on Blue Peter.  This time they were joined by skaters from other Clubs. The skaters from our Club were Douglas, Duncan, James, Hannah and Daisy. The skaters performed a routine to Madonna’s ‘Sorry’. 

The Blue Peter presenters put on skates and ‘had a go’.  James demonstrated to Gethin how to do push offs from a T position and backward snakes.  This was great publicity for the Sport.

From the 1950’s the Club has performed Pantomimes or Skating Shows on a regular basis. All Club Members of all ages and ability levels are invited to join the cast. 

In December 2004, the’ Wizzywheels Christmas Skating Spectacular’ was performed at the Maidstone Leisure Centre.

Christmas scenes were portrayed in spectacular displays of solo and formation skating.  The Halls were decked with Holly, Scrooge was visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve and Father Christmas packed these wonderful toys into his sack.