Gallery: Ralphfest day one

Ralphfest23 A festival of art and skateboarding is popping up in various locations this weekend. Claire Griffiths captured the days events at Park View in Lytham on Saturday. The festival continues at Stanley Park on Sunday 4th September 2023.

“Overall the plan is to put lots of smiles on faces,” said Neil Roberts, father of the late Ralph Roberts who sadly passed away in January 2021, of a rare condition called Sarcoidosis that was not diagnosed until post-mortem.

Roberts set up LiveLikeRalph in his son’s name, a charitable organisation that aims to provide skateboards and any necessary equipment to young skaters, build and maintain skateparks, create a safe space for fledgling skaters and promote and support local creatives.

“Ralph was an award-winning artist and accomplished skateboarder. He was a very kind person who included and encouraged everyone both in creativity and skateboarding. He was also very fun-loving and smiley,” says Roberts.

“LiveLikeRalph is about keeping Ralph’s kindness going in the areas he was passionate about – skateboarding, art, and music. We raise funds through RalphFest and Tour de Ralph, a coast-to-coast cycle challenge.”

Saturday saw a great crowd and atmosphere at Park View, with music, food, art and creativity at every turn and kick flip. The celebrations continue on Sunday with a skate jam at Stanley Park.


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