Grand turnout at opening of ice rink in Cromer

Young and old alike enjoyed the opening day of the synthetic ice rink in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGil

Young and old alike enjoyed the opening day of the synthetic ice rink in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

More than 1000 tickets had been sold for the north Norfolk coast's latest attraction by the end of its opening day.

Barry Meadows, secretary of the Friends of North Lodge Park. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Barry Meadows, secretary of the Friends of North Lodge Park. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Young and old alike enjoyed the new synthetic ice rink in Cromer on Monday. It has been built in the town's North Lodge Park for the half-term holidays.

However, with the temporary structure only in place for five days, visitors are being encouraged to get their skates on to ensure they don't miss out.

The idea was dreamt up by the Friends of North Lodge Park, who opposed plans for a car park on the site, and has been supported by North Norfolk District Council, whose chairman, Suffield Park councillor John Lee, officially opened the rink.

Barry Meadows, secretary of the Friends of North Lodge Park, said: 'What we wanted to do was show that this place could be used for other things, so we thought this was a good idea for half term in Cromer and it has gone done really well.

Young and old alike enjoyed the opening day of the synthetic ice rink in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGil

Young and old alike enjoyed the opening day of the synthetic ice rink in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

'People are really enjoying it, we've sold over 1000 tickets, and we couldn't have asked for better weather.'

The rink is being hired from a company in Lincolnshire who have over 20 years of experience with synthetic ice rinks. It comes fully equipped with enough skates for all, penguin stabilisers for children, fully trained staff and even a snow machine.

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Councillor Lee added: 'I'd like to say well done to the Friends for all their hard work, it looks as if it's paid off as everyone was having great fun. I'm very pleased that NNDC agreed to support this project and I hope that in the future we can all work together to further improve the park and put on more events of this type.'

Skates are provided for the 45 minute sessions, which cost £5 per person. To book, visit the following website: http://northlodgepark.org.uk/synthetic-ice-rink-cromer

Young and old alike enjoyed the opening day of the synthetic ice rink in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGil

Young and old alike enjoyed the opening day of the synthetic ice rink in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Young and old alike enjoyed the opening day of the synthetic ice rink in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGil

Young and old alike enjoyed the opening day of the synthetic ice rink in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

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