Keep on Rolling!

Who remembers  the distinctive sound of roller skates on the wooden floor of the gymnasium in the old community hall in Campbell River?   Or better yet the spectacular Roller Follies?


Long before the days of ice skating the Campbell River Roller Skating Club offered skating classes to the children of Campbell River.  Iris Millmore, an experience skater who had won a   Bronze medal  for roller skating in Britain was instrumental in establishing this club in Campbell River in 1963.

A group of early C.R. Roller Skating club students are featured in this clipping from the C.R. Courier newspaper.


As well as offering lessons to budding skaters the club would hold an annual event to showcase their skating abilities.  Known as the “Roller Follies, parents and relatives would fill the bleachers at the hall in anticipation of the performance.

may-3-1967-roller-follies-optimized1                   Roller Show Big Hit Here

The annual Roller Follies presented by the Campbell River Skating Club was held last Friday and Saturday nights, with capacity audiences enjoying the two hour show.

 With Centennial Year as the theme, skaters paid tribute to each of the provinces, with appropriate numbers and costumes.

 Over 100 youngsters participated in the show, and great credit is due to the staff who created a delightful evening of entertainment.

Solos by Mrs. Frankie Millmore, Brenda Millmore, and a skating duet by Cheryl Stapley and Elizabeth McKenize were greatly appreciated by the crowd.


1967 Campbell River Courier newspaper

 Although, Iris Millmore left Campbell River in 1967 the club continued until the mid 1970’s.  In 1991 club members held a reunion and in recognition of that event a club scrapbook full of newspaper clippings and photographs was put together.  This scrapbook along with Iris’s roller skates were recently donated to the Museum & Archives.


Iris Millmore's roller skates recently donated to the Museum.

Iris Millmore's roller skates recently donated to the Museum.



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3 thoughts on “Keep on Rolling!

  1. What a wonderful slice of mid-20th century CR history! If there are any more photos of the ’67 centennial, it would be great to see them posted here on this blog.

    My brother and I were in a centennial song and dance show that year organized by the unstoppable Mrs. Graham, who did a lot of fundraising for disabled children’s charities. With our camera broken, our parents didn’t take any photos of this event — but I’m sure there are some out there! So I’ll keep googling and checking back from time to time.

  2. Glad you enjoyed the story.

    We may well have a photograph of the centennial event that you participated in. Several years ago the local paper donated their photograph collection. It didn’t include every photograph that appeared in the paper but a good number.

    I can have a quick look in the photograph index for 1967 to see if your event is listed. If it is I’ll post the photograph on our flickr site. Just click the link on the right and it will take you there. Check back in a few days.

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