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Ice rink planned for town centre

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

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CHRISTMAS shoppers in Burton will be dancing on ice after it was revealed that Burton’s Market Place will house a skating rink over the festive period

East Staffordshire Borough Council has confirmed that the 1,000 sq ft rink will open from Thursday, November 22 until the end of January.

The move is part of a concerted effort to try to boost visitor numbers in the town.

Council leader Richard Grosvenor said: “It is great to be able to offer an attraction to the people of the borough that many would normally not have the opportunity to participate in.

“We really want to make visiting the town an enjoyable experience, and would love to attract new visitors to the town and the borough as a whole.

“We are also pleased to announce that the rink will be free to use on both the opening night and Christmas Eve.” At other times, the cost will be £5 for adults and £3.50 for children and it will be open from 10am to 7pm.

Town centre manager Paul Howard said: “An ice rink is something we have wanted to include as part of the town centre festive celebrations for some time now, but our efforts have been hampered due to a lack of space in a suitable and central location.

“I hope the local community and beyond enjoy having such a great family attraction on their doorstep.”

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 02 2012, 11:14AM

    ice rink, no much bigger than a stamp and dearer hat first stated. Stop wasting my money ESBC

  • Burton Mail  |  November 14 2012, 9:08AM

    I hope it is going to be real ice to skate on because the synthetic ice is rubbish to use.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 09 2012, 10:53AM

    Fab news bring on something new and not too expensive!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 07 2012, 2:15PM

    Yet another hair-brained scheme!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 07 2012, 10:23AM

    I cant see this remotely breaking even at those prices - surely it would cost in excess of £2k per day to run and maintain - The mail could get the exact figures.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 04 2012, 11:51AM

    Burton will never be NYC... however a christmas market or traditional event simular like many of the UK towns and cities hold would attrack far more people as well as boost trade. It would also mean we dont have to go to the NEC to buy things we could get at our local christmas market. I wont be going to Burton to iceskate, I will however be going to birmingham to check out the christmas market and probably do most of my gift shopping in the centre while im there!!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 04 2012, 1:21AM

    I was born and raised in Burton, but left 34 years ago and have lived in Ontario, Canada ever since. When I lived in Burton I went skating at Nottingham maybe 5 times total. It was a very special outing and something we thoroughly enjoyed. Now I live in Canada - there is a year-round rink at the local Mall, more Ice Arenas in our Community than the entire UK, even the High School where I teach has it's own! AND there still isn't enough ice time!!! It's a wonderful recreational experience - and yes, you will attract visitors, who will bring money to the town. It's also something for the younger ones to do - let's face it, there isn't much for them! Go for it and I would love to be there to watch and join in - yes I have learned to skate a little especially now I have my own skates, as pretty much most Canadians do.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 02 2012, 5:39PM

    I hope every one enjoys the ice rink ,but to also remember the price that the traders have had to pay so you all can have fun

  • Burton Mail  |  October 31 2012, 5:38PM

    where abouts though

  • Burton Mail  |  October 26 2012, 5:35PM

    Its a good idea and should bring more people to Burton which is great for local bussiness who need the break from poor customer flow! But one thing is we need to improve our perfectic christmas lights and were are the christmas trees

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