Lincoln's coolest seasonal attraction really sparkled over the 2016 festive season, when it proved more popular than ever.
Today Lincoln BIG revealed that 3,000 “extra” people visited its much-loved Ice Rink in City Square, between November 26, 2016 and January 1, 2017.
Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said that, overall, around 20,000 people had wrapped-up warm, slipped on their skates and eagerly taken to the ice – 20 per cent more than in the previous year.
“We were thrilled with the turnout and also the fact that the skaters included people of all ages, including individuals, school pupils and groups. It is great to be able to report the increase in popularity of the rink which only had to close one day (December 23), due to a technical fault,” he said.
Events & Marketing Assistant Jess Wickham added: “This time around we welcomed groups from 23 Lincolnshire schools and educational establishments. They included primary, secondary and special needs pupils.
“We also had lot of uniformed groups, such as scouts, guides and brownies, along with students from the University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln College and members of Young Farmers’ clubs.
“Pantomime stars were equally determined not to miss out. We had Kerry Katona (Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at Lincoln’s New Theatre Royal) and her family and members of the casts of Treasure Island and BRRR! The Last Polar Bear (Lincoln Performing Arts Centre) also enjoying a whirl on the ice,” said Jess.
“It is also good to report a rise in the number of bookings from organisations and corporate groups who were keen to book exclusive hire of the rink, which offered them a chance to enjoy a slightly different Christmas celebration!”
The Rink was opened by Lincoln’s Mayor Councillor Yvonne Bodger and fellow members of the city’s civic party. The opening also featured a demonstration by students of Kelly Hemingway, Director of the Skate Like the Wind School of Excellence.