ICE SKATERS are in for a treat in Bognor Regis this Christmas.
They will be getting their skates on for the bigger and better return of the town’s temporary ice rink.
Plans are well underway for the seasonal attraction to be installed on the Place St Maur after the huge success of last year’s first opening.
The next rink will be bigger, with a larger viewing and skate exchange area, boast more stalls selling Christmas treats and a variety of exciting entertainments designed to create a real winter wonderland feel. To add to the festive feeling, Father Christmas will have a specially built grotto to call his own.
James Cole, the operator of Ice Skating on the Prom, said: “We had a brilliant year last year, with over 10,000 people enjoying a skate on the ice.
“We are looking forward to coming back this year, bigger and better.”
Bognor Improvement District chairman Paul Wells said: “We are excited to be working with the operators of Ice Skating on the Prom and we will be extending the Christmas winter experience into the town centre.”
Cllr Phil Hitchins, chairman of Arun District Council’s Bognor Regis regeneration sub-committee, said: “I am really looking forward to this year’s winter skating experience.
“What a great way to welcome residents and visitors to Bognor Regis.”
The ice rink plans are subject to all the relevant legal approvals being in place. These are being progressed through the appropriate channels.
As reported, Arun’s councillors this month backed the idea of the temporary ice rink but rejected a petition signed by nearly 2,500 residents for a permanent rink. They did, though, agree to work with an operator who wanted to construct a building – which could be used for a rink – on the outskirts of the town.