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Skate park built in town's abbey

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Robert Pigott meets skateboarders at Malmesbury Abbey

A Wiltshire Abbey has been transformed into a skate park in an attempt to attract more young people into the church.

Malmesbury Abbey is hosting beginners skateboarding lessons amongst its aisles as well as running a youth cafe and hosting live music.

Vicar Neill Archer said it was a "big challenge" for the church to engage with young people.

The two-day event has been organised by Christian Skaters UK.

Mr Archer said: "It is particularly difficult if you are using 19th Century words to talk to 21st Century youngsters," he said.

The event, which runs until 20 February, includes sessions for beginners and girls only, and demos by experts.



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