Thou­sands take their turn at skat­ing on ice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SIGNING UP -

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.

Pic­ture: Danny Rhodes pd1180553

Ge­off Or­chard, Shelley Skip­pen and five-year-old Jade Amor at the in­door ice rink

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