Thousands take their turn at skating on ice
THE indoor ice rink at Folkestone harbour has been declared a huge success.
Tens of thousands of skaters have donned their skates during the last six weeks.
The rink is now gearing up for a last-minute rush before the final skating day on Sunday, June 3.
Glyn Richmond, of the Folkestone Harbour Company, who commissioned the rink, said: “We have had in the region of 1,000 people a day at weekends and during the school holidays.
“We decided to stay open until the end of half term so families can enjoy it during the holiday.”
Prices for skating have been kept deliberately affordable, with a child skate costing £1 at off-peak times.
Despite the high number of users, the organisers stand to recover less than half the cost of staging the two-month event.
However Mr Richmond said the ice rink had more than achieved its aims. “It has cost a great deal of money to build a rink of this size and put up a marquee to protect it from the weather, but the project has worked.
“Roger De Haan, our sponsor and the owner of Folkestone Harbour, sees this as a way of providing recreation for people in the area.”
Mr De Haan’s plans for the harbour include a permanent ice rink, which would become a paddling pool in the summer, a ferry berth and a marina and luxury seafront apartments.
Geoff Orchard, Shelley Skippen and five-year-old Jade Amor at the indoor ice rink