X Factor's Giles Potter performs at opening of Stonehouse skate park

X Factor's Giles Potter performs at opening of Stonehouse skate park

Giles Potter sings at the opening of Stonehouse Skatepark on Saturday

The mayor of Stonehouse Chris Brine and Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter cut the ribbon at the opening of Stonehouse skatepark on Saturday

Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter gets a helping hand from Geoff Else as she rides a skateboard at the opening of Stonehouse skatepark on Saturday

The Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter at the opening of Stonehouse skatepark on Saturday, Pete Case grinds down the rail

Skaters at Stonehouse skatepark

(l-r) Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter, X-Factor star Giles Potter and Stonehouse mayor Chris Brine at the opening of the new skatepark on Saturday

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CROWDS gathered to hear X Factor star Giles Potter sing at the opening of the new skate park and youth club in Stonehouse on Saturday.

Lord Lieutenant Dame Janet Trotter cut the ribbon surrounded by scooter riders and skaters in Oldends Lane playing field.

A finalist on last year’s show, Giles serenaded a young fan with the popular I’m Yours by Jason Mraz.

Giles, 16, from Worcester, said: “I’m really privileged to be opening the skate park and I will definitely be coming more often to have a ride on my scooter.

“I’m impressed with the park and I think everyone should give a massive thanks to the people who made it happen.”

Giles, a model for Ratchet Clothing, was presented with a gift from Millie Jotham, 16, a member of Stroud District Youth Council.

He then posed for pictures with excited fans.

Riders travelled from all over the country for the day.

Adam Keats, 22, came from Devon to try out the new park designed by Maverick.

“I heard about the opening today and travelled two hours from Exeter but it was definitely worth it,” he said.

The park, which is fully equipped with grinding rails, ledges, transition hips and a bowl, caters to both styles of riding – street and park – and for BMX and scooter riders as well as skaters.

Mayor Chris Brine said: “The children have been telling me this is what they wanted so now it is down to them to take care of it.”

More pictures at stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

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