Ice trail on its way to town

Stockport Express - - Front Page - EMMA GILL stock­por­t­ex­[email protected]­media.co.uk

AN ice sculp­ture trail is com­ing to Stock­port this fes­tive sea­son.

The free trail is com­ing to the town cen­tre and will fea­ture char­ac­ters in­clud­ing The Grinch, Olaf the snow­man from the hit film Frozen, Tinker­bell and more.

There will be two Satur­days in De­cem­ber when ten dif­fer­ent sculp­tures will ap­pear - one of them be­ing carved live that day ‘out of the big­gest ice cube you will have ever seen’.

On the first date, Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, there will be a live carv­ing of an an­gel, while on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22, vis­i­tors will be able to watch as a uni­corn is cre­ated.

The sculp­tures will form an Ice Trail around the town cen­tre at St Peter’s Square, Mersey Square, Mersey­way, Suf­fragette Square at Re­drock, Peel Cen­tre, Mar­ket Place, Stock­port Ex­change, Great Un­der­bank and at War­ren Street.

Fam­i­lies are in­vited to fol­low the ice trail to see what the let­ters spell and there are plenty of photo op­por­tu­ni­ties along the way, in­clud­ing putting your face be­hind the Ru­dolph and ‘wear­ing’ the ice wings.

The trail is part of a wider Win­ter Won­der­land event be­ing put on by Stock­port’s Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District, To­tally Stock­port.

It kicked off on Novem­ber 24 with the first of five Satur­days where an an­i­ma­tronic po­lar bear wan­dered around the town cen­tre - putting on five shows a day.

To­tally Stock­port spokesper­son Helen White said: “This is the first of its kind for Stock­port and some­thing we wanted to do to en­cour­age peo­ple to come into the town cen­tre.

“This will give peo­ple a great rea­son to visit and they can come and have self­ies with the stat­ues.”

The sculp­tures will be in place from around 10am on each of the Satur­days and will last around six to seven hours be­fore melt­ing.

The po­lar bear will put on five shows each Satur­day be­tween now and Christ­mas - at 11.30am at Mersey Square, 12.15pm at the Light cin­ema, 1pm in Mersey­way, 2pm at Great Un­der­bank and 3pm in the Mar­ket Place.

●●Stock­port is get­ting an ice sculp­ture trail of its own this Christ­mas, in­clud­ing a Ru­dolph ‘face’

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