Published:
December 6, 2015
In photos: Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas skating rink is opened

Burnham-On-Sea's MP and Mayor officially opened a new Christmas skating rink in the town on Saturday (December 5th).

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of the temporary rink in Burnham's Lynton Road car park.

The synthetic rink, which takes up to 25 skaters at a time, is open daily with skating sessions costing £4.

"I hope it will be well used and that people will also support Burnham's local shops afterwards," said MP James Heappey, pictured on the rink with Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton.

He added: "I think it's a super facility and hope it will become an annual Burnham tradition in the years to come. I know there have been some who doubted it, but I think it's a wonderful thing."

And Mayor Michael Clarke told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's a great facility - great for the town, children, residents and businesses. It's under cover too which is sensible at this time of year, with a handy location right in the middle of the town. It's a superb facility."

Opening times are Mondays to Thursdays 10am-5pm, Friday and Saturdays 10am-7pm, and Sundays 10am-6pm. A session from 10am-noon each Sunday is for under-10s.

The rink is made of an artificial, synthetic material which the manufacturers Ice Magic say is like real ice except it doesn’t melt and in all aspects has the same properties of ice, albeit with a lubricant that is used to keep the surface slippery.

The organisers from BEST secured £16,000 of grant funding for the rink from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council in the autumn to enable the skating rink to go ahead, as we reported here.

The organisers gathered with several characters from Disney's Frozen movie for Saturday's ceremonial ribbon-cutting to launch the skating rink.

Kathy Jones, Chairman of Burnham Events Social Team, said: "BEST are delighted to have opened the rink and thank everyone involved for their support."

The rink is under cover to allow skating in all weather over the festive season.

Seasonal refreshments are also on sale to visitors at the skating rink.

 


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