Monday, 16 October 2006

Ice Rink brings cool fun to the High Street

Redcar and Cleveland Council is bringing cool fun to Redcar High Street this half term with the Borough's first ice skating rink.

The rink, an all-weather synthetic polished surface, opens Wednesday, October 25 till Sunday, October 29, open 10am-9pm daily with a £3.50 fee per session.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism Councillor Dave Fitzpatrick said: “We are pleased to welcome the ice rink to the Borough.

"This will be a great temporary addition to the High Street which will hopefully draw visitors to the town. If the rink is a success this half term we may look to bring it back on a regular basis.”

The rink, which measures 12 metres by 18 metres, will be sited in front of the Town Clock and be big enough to hold up to 70 skaters at a time. Organisers have a store of 144 pairs of boots with sizes ranging from suitable for three to four year olds and up to adult size 13.

The rink, hired by the Cheshire-based company, Ice Magic, will be lit by existing street lights and halogen lights with a barrier around the perimeter. Work on erecting the rink starts on Monday, October 23.

Scaffolding currently surrounded the clock tower as part of the £260,000 restorations, close to where the rink will be situated, will be removed next week in advance of the rink's construction.

Schools, offices and shops have already been targeted with the distribution of 50,000 leaflets by the Council's Events Team, each with a 50p off coupon, with each coupon valid for up to four people.

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