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This Day in History (1958): Skating sessions held in Abqaiq

Well over 100 people participated in the first roller-skating event at the Abqaiq basketball courts.

This Day in History (1958): Skating sessions held in Abqaiq

From the Aug. 20, 1958, edition of the Sun and Flare

Another Saudi Arabian first was scored last week in Abqaiq with Recreation's sponsorship of an organized skating session Saturday night on the open basketball court.


Skating relays were conducted 115 youngsters and youngsters-at-heart in attendance. Skating doubles and triple swayed to the rhythm of waltzes while spectators drank Pepsis donated by the al-Gosaibi Bottling Company.


Skating from 8 until 9:30 p.m. Saturday will continue through August, and adults as well as youngsters are invited to participate


Caption for top photo: Round and round they go. Abqaiq youngsters whirl on roller skates for first go-round of organized skating in Saudi Arabia.


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