Could Great Yarmouth be getting a rollerskating rink?

Rising Stars:Stalham Artistic Roller Skating Club at Stalham Sports CentrePhoto:Antony KellyCopy:Pad

Rising Stars:Stalham Artistic Roller Skating Club at Stalham Sports CentrePhoto:Antony KellyCopy:Paddy DavittFor: EDP rising starsEDP pics © 2005(01603) 772434 - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2005

After putting the skids under a bid to bring the real ice rink back to Great Yarmouth for a second year the borough council is costing out this year's potential festive attraction.

Officers have been working out the pros and cons of hiring or buying a rollerskating rink to replace last year's Christmas showpiece.

A bid to bring an ice rink back was lost by one vote with Labour members saying it was hard to justify with people relying on food banks.

Now the focus is on wheels with members being asked if they want to buy or rent a roller rink for use over Christmas and the New Year.

Officers warn it could be seen as a 'poor substitute' to the ice rink enjoyed by thousands last winter and that figures may not stack up.


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Donna Wicks, at Retroskate, said the not-for-profit company would love to get involved.

Successful funding bids meant the seafront venue also had money to deliver additional activities, making it ideally placed to work alongside the council cutting its spend and using local expertise.

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Jonathan Newman, of the Town Centre Partnership, sponsors of the ice rink last year, said: 'Having refused the opportunity to repeat the ice rink this year it does not seem to make any sense for the council to consider having a rollerskating rink at a similar cost, particularly as there is already provision in the town 52 weeks a year half a mile away.

'The ice rink offered a winter wonderland experience.'

The economic development committee meets on Monday in the Supper Room at Great Yarmouth Town Hall, 6.30pm.

Would you like to see a rollerskating rink as a substitute for last year's festive ice rink? Email EDPLetters@archant.co.uk and include full contact details.

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