Hard work behind the glitz and glamour

It is a show that promises a spectacle of glamour, colour and exhilarating skating. But behind the glitz is a massive logistical exercise, which has brought Cinderella on Ice to one of Norfolk's top entertainment venues.

It is a show that promises a spectacle of glamour, colour and exhilarating skating.

But behind the glitz is a massive logistical exercise, which has brought Cinderella on Ice to one of Norfolk's top entertainment venues.

The show, which features the renowned Russian Ice Stars, starts a run of seven performances at King's Lynn Corn Exchange tonight and is the biggest and most ambitious production to be staged there.

Regarded by many as the finest team of professional skaters in the world, the performers - all former national, European, world and Olympic competitors - will play out the romantic tale to the accompani-ment of a classical music score.


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But a strict timetable of preparation to transform the interior of the Corn Exchange into an ice rink began yesterday morning, when the first six rows of seats in the auditorium were removed to allow an extension of the stage.

The base and sides of the rink, made of reinforced plywood and waterproof timber pieced together, were fitted with a 16m x 16m heavy-duty pool liner before some 15km of pipework was laid on top and connected to chiller units outside.

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These filled the pipes with an anti-freeze mixture, ready for the delivery of four tonnes of crushed ice, which was transported in by a team of technicians and shovelled on top.

Since then, the ice has been sprayed with water about every 15 minutes to make it three inches thick - a process expected to take until 2pm today.

Suzanne Hopp, marketing manager at the Corn Exchange, said: "It shows the versatility of the venue to its fullest extent. It's quite something to see."

Cinderella on Ice runs until Saturday, although some shows lhave already sold out. For tickets, call the box office on 01553 764864 - and for coverage of the completed transformation of the Corn Exchange, see tomorrow's EDP.

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