Simple Skatestore in Sheffield will be proudly celebrating its first birthday on saturday 23rd February. Ash Hall, a long time Sheffield local who not only manages the shop but also rides for the team, talked to me about the shop’s beginnings, planned birthday celebrations and why Sheffield has such a storied history in skateboarding.
According to Ash, the birthday celebrations will consist of, ” Jerome Campbell’s photo exhibition, ‘Young’. He’s been working on it for about a year now and it includes photos from his travels over the last few years.”
“We’ve also got the ‘Perfect Blues’ video premiere. Its James Harris’ Bristol based UK scene video. Matt Hirst has given him some Sheffield footage and Bish from Newcastle has given him loads of footage from up that end of the country, so James has put it all together as a video for everybody.”
“As well as that, we’ll be having beers, music and we’ve got a raffle for a couple of boards to give away. Doors open at 7pm and we’ll be going on until as late as we can handle.”
No doubt most of the Steel City’s scene will be in attendance, so make sure you get yourself down if you can.
In the interview below, Ash talks not only about the Sheffield scene, but also about the shop’s roots, why they do what they do, what the shop has planned for the future and last but not least, his hatred for making hot chocolates. Sheffield once again has a legit SOS…
And if you’ve ever wondered about the different characters on the Simple team, hit play on the short video below to get a humorous insight into the people involved…