Cafe gets its skates on

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A NEW cafe is to open up at Southsea Skate Park after the closure of an existing cafe in Victoria Park.

Proprietors Brian McGilp and Sarah Brown had to shut up shop after their trade was cut by the closure of the Victoria Swimming Baths and the Zurich building, coupled with rising rents.

Mr McGilp said: ‘We’ve been looking for a new site for three years and now we have a good opportunity to cut free.

‘We’ve still got our trademark serving hatch and offer great coffees, Fairtrade teas and New Forest ice cream to the locals and visitors of Southsea Common.’

They began their catering careers running the café in the original John Pounds Centre in Portsea and later moved to the Arts Centre in Victoria Park.

Ms Brown said: ‘We were approached by the new Southsea Skatepark charity and we like the energy amongst their team. It’s exciting for us to be a part of that.’