The campaign to get a new skatepark for Falmouth is being given a boost to start the new year with an adult-only fundraising and awareness event tomorrow evening, Thursday.

Teenager Mikey Cartlidge first came up with the idea of providing a new park for the town and soon had widespread support following the launch of a Facebook page dedicated to the cause.

A committee, which has the backing of Falmouth Town Council, was established to take the campaign further, but despite their best efforts, a new skatepark is still a fair way off.

The town council has approached Cornwall Council asking it to transfer the freehold of the site housing the existing skatepark at Dracaena Avenue or at least extend its lease at a peppercorn rent, but is still awaiting a response.

Undeterred, the skatepark committee is determined to press ahead. Chairman Alex Brinnen, of Faltown Skateboards, said: “We have got a really strong committee this year so it’s all systems go.”

The next event is a film night and skate jam to be held at Rebel Brewery in Penryn tomorrow evening from 7pm. It will feature some of the latest US film releases that are not yet available in the UK, music, food and a bar.

The committee will also be launching new promotional t-shirts which have been sponsored by Faltown Skateboards, Sessions surf shop and Thrashion recycled skateboard jewellery with additional funding from the town council.

The event is only open to over-18s and tickets cost £5 on the door. For more information contact Alex on 07974 141833 or email

Read about the skatepark campaign's launch in 2010 by clicking here

Read about the 'Wheels of Fire' skateboarding and BMX day here