Slippery start but rink up and running

IPSWICH'S ice rink project is back on its feet after staff worked through the night to mend a broken chiller.Smiling skaters took to the ice at Portman Road on Saturday and yesterday on what is the town's first outdoor ice rink.

IPSWICH'S ice rink project is back on its feet after staff worked through the night to mend a broken chiller.

Smiling skaters took to the ice at Portman Road on Saturday and yesterday on what is the town's first outdoor ice rink.

The rink was due to open Friday with a gala night attended by mayor Bill Wright.

However, a broken chiller meant the water refused to freeze, leaving an icy pond unable to take the fun-seekers.

Engineers worked through the night on Friday to ensure it was up and running by Saturday.

Andy Jenkins, rink manager, said: “It's great to see lots of smiling faces on the rink, albeit a little late.

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“It's the first-time the town has had a rink like this so it's bound to be popular, especially as they are an up-and-coming thing.”

The rink, which is a joint venture between Merlin Events and Ipswich Borough Council, will be open every day except Christmas Day until January 8 between 10am and 10pm. Tickets are £6.50 for adults, £4 for children and concessions and £19 for a family of four.

They are available from the rink or the Corn Exchange box office on 01473 433100.

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