SKATEBOARDERS will be out in force on July 4 for a 'Skate of Independence' raising money to revamp facilities at Ilkley's skate park.

Pro-riders will show off their skills and there will be competitions and a DJ performing.

There will also be a design forum - giving children and teenagers the chance to have their say on the rebuild project.

Organiser Simon Cape said riding aboard push-along 'microscooters' had become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly with younger children.

The Ilkley skate park was built for 12 years ago skateboards, but was not with scooters in mind.

The redesign of the skatepark would include facilities for scooter riders, as well as improvements for all those who use it - but the final design, and budget, is yet to be finalised.

The Skate of Independence will take place from 2pm to 8pm, on July 4 - American Independence Day. Young skateboarders and scooter riders can enter the competition simply by turning up on the day with their own board or scooter.