Take 2 mins out of your day to read a wonderful tribute from Focus skate shop last night:
“Feb 9th 2011 saw one of the greatest losses to the UK Skateboarding Community, with the passing of Steven “Bingo” Binks. We as skateboarders lost one of our true Greats! Bingo was a true UK Legend and was friends with so many companies and shops all over the country.
One such strong tie was with Deluxe Distribution and particularly Real Skateboards. Real have honoured Bingo with these limited Action Realised “Bingo” Boards, under their Action Realised scheme giving back to the world through positive actions. With the proceeds of the board sales going to The British Heart Foundation we are giving back to the people that need it through Skateboarding.”
Props to Jim and all at Real for doing this, it’s a wonderful tribute. Look out for these soon in your local SOS and support the cause.
This Sunday over 150 people turned out at Five Bridges in Gateshead to send off Mishief’s Steve “Bingo” Binks who passed away last week.
Watch the footage that Sidewalk have edited so quickly for you to watch here featuring Scott Palmer, Mark Baines, Adam Stoddart, Jimmy Boyce, Jamie Errington, James Coyle, Tom Harrison, Ben Grove, Ronny Calow, Leon Bottomley, Joe Gavin and more.
Apologies for the lack of skate news yesterday but we felt as though it wasn’t relevant considering the news that had broke of Steven ‘Bingo’ Binks sudden misfortune.
For those of you who didn’t know Bingo, he ran the Mischief Skate Shop in Stockton-on-Tees for the last 15 years and was one of the most dedicated skateboarders in the UK. He was there for everyone, for whoever needed advice, facts, history or general feedback and doing what he could for the local community to bring them together. Bingo always had a positive attitude, would help anyone and loved posting his views about it on the internet and keeping in touch with us via our social networks.
His sudden departure shocked the skateboard community yesterday. It made everyone realise how important it is to enjoy what we have, whilst we have it. Reading through the tributes on the forum thread at Sidewalk yesterday and the comments on Steve’s Facebook page was nothing but heartbreaking. Today, people have reacted the only way they can and that’s by remembering the good times and creating an event to send Bingo off, the way he would have done for others. Hosted by the skaters of Teeside, this memorial jam will be held this Sunday 13th February at the Five Bridges spot in Gateshead from midday and go on throughout the afternoon into the evening. See the Facebook page here for full details and click here for a map.
The skaters of Teeside had this memorial graff up on the wall last night in honour of the great man that has been forwarded via twitter and facebook all night long. We are thinking of all of his friends and family down here in the South, celebrate his life this weekend to the full and remember, we have one life, enjoy it to the full.
Steven ‘Bingo’ Binks RIP.
Thanks to Ronny Calow for posting this portrait on facebook.