Plenty of n-ice times are in prospect in Bognor Regis in the coming weeks.
The town’s popular ice rink has opened to bring festive cheer to the seafront.
The ice skating on the prom attraction was opened by Arun District Council’s chairman Jeanette Warr, along with Cllr Phil Woodall, the Bognor Regis town mayor, yesterday afternoon.
The attraction is back for its third year on the Place St Maur – and it promises to be better than before.
Kara Cole, who is operating the rink with her husband, James, said: “We have bought 400 new pairs of ice skates for our stock of 500 pairs and a lot more new penguins so there are plenty for the skaters to push along.”
Improved decorations and accessories, such as carol singers and polar bears, will also add to the Christmas spirit.
This year’s ice rink is the same size at 20m x 30m as the expanded version which was installed in 2018. It can accommodate some 150 skaters at the same time and will be open from 10am-9am daily until January 5.
About 13,000 people took to the ice last year. Kara said she and James were eager to return.
“The atmosphere at the rink is fantastic. The people of Bognor Regis are just really cheerful. They are so welcoming. It seems a bit better each year,” she said.
“We were extremely worried last year because of the other rink had just opened up the road (Chichester) but everyone still supported us so much it was really fantastic.
“The rink fits this site perfectly. There are walkways either side and room for the chiller at the back. It is made for it.”
As well as the rink, plenty of other attractions are in place for those who prefer to keep their shoes on.
They include an arctic jump, new for this year, as well as an ice palace, grotto and a range of stalls.
A covered seating area has also been added along with an expanded viewing platform for the rink.
Kara added it was free to walk around the site and watch the skaters enjoying themselves.