EXCITED school children gathered at Place St Maur yesterday for the unveiling of the Bognor Regis ice rink.
The town’s first under-cover ice rink had a special opening on Thursday and invited local children and charities to a free one hour skate on the day.
Among the children present was Londeka Gcaba from St Mary’s Catholic School who turned eight-years-old on the day. She said: “I am really excited about ice skating. I have never been before so I am a bit scared about falling over.
“I think I might use a penguin so it might help me from falling over. It’s a great birthday treat.”
The children were also joined by Bognor Regis Town Council Mayor Cllr Phil Woodall, chairman of Arun District Council Cllr Mrs Jacky Pendleton, Bognor Regis Town Crier, Mrs Jane Smith and performers from the Alexandra Theatre.
Cllr Woodall said: “I think having this ice rink is an absolutely brilliant idea and hopefully it will help bring in the Christmas funds. I’m really excited by it all.”
The 20m by 20m ice rink is made of real ice, which provides the ultimate in skating experiences and was organised by town centre manager Toyubar Rahman with Bognor Regis Traders’ Association and Arun District Council.
Toybur said: “I was really nervous about all the last minute finishing touches with last night’s wind but now I have seen the children and the Mayor skating and lots of happy and smiling faces, I feel a lot better. It’s brilliant.
Head of house, Deborah Robson from the Regis School said: “I think it’s wonderful for young people to get this opportunity in the local community where they can socialise safely in their town.”
The wheel-chair friendly ice rink is located on Place St Maur between Belmont Street and the Esplanade, next to the Alexandra Theatre.
It is open throughout the Christmas period until January 7, 2018 from 10am-9pm.
For more details and booking tickets visit iceskatingontheprom.co.uk