THE new way to enjoy a disco came to Southampton when the Roxy Rollers got things rolling.

The date was July 21, 1980, when the quartet – Dennis, Andrea, Ann and Aden – kicked off the first event of its kind in the city at Top Rank, Bannister Road.

The Rollers had recorded two disco dancing albums to help promote themselves and the latest in discotheque crazes.

When the doors to Top Rank that night there was a long queue of eager eight-wheeled wannabe Travoltas waiting.

The roller boots could be hired for the weekly Monday sessions – although those who got a taste for the fast-paced dancing action could buy a pair for between £30 and £70.

The disco invested £20,000 in the roller disco venture and became a regular thing up until the club’s closure in 1988.