Dancing on ice – but no judges!

MHDE-29-12-11 SKATING DEC63 (7)'Skating at Daventry Leisure Centre
MHDE-29-12-11 SKATING DEC63 (7)'Skating at Daventry Leisure Centre
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THERE was plenty of dancing on ice at Daventry Leisure Centre with festive fun for the whole family.

The leisure centre’s Saxon Suite was transformed with a synthetic ice rink installed at the venue on Thursday and Friday last week.

Hundreds took to the ice with free skating available for children under the age of 16.

Daventry District Council and Daventry Active teamed up to offer the service with the help of funding from the Big Lottery Fund, secured by the Council to promote play and physical activity among children and young people.

Daventry Active’s Jackie Deeley said: “I went along to Birmingham and saw this ice rink and I thought it would be really good to bring something like this to Daventry.

“I am very pleased with how the event has gone. It is fantastic that we have this in Daventry. It is nice for people to have something to do after Christmas.”

She was also pleased with the numbers of people that were taking to the ice.

Mrs Deeley added: “The ice rink can get about 48 people on it at a time. Every half an hour session we have had the full amount of people on the ice, so it has proved really popular.

“We haven’t yet had all of the feedback in but do plan to collate it all.”

However, she does already have plans to stage a similar event next year.

Mrs Deeley said: “I would like to do this again next year but it would be nice to get a bigger ice rink. It would also be nice to get a disco in as well but we shall see what happens next year. Nothing is confirmed but I am hopeful.”

There was plenty of excitement among some of the families that went along and had a go.

Angela Smith said: “I think it is really nice to have something like this here. It is actually my daughter’s birthday and she really loves ice skating, so having this here was absolutely perfect timing.”

Marlene Bree said: “It is nice that children could use it for free. I took my children to the ice rink down at Milton Keynes and it cost a lot of money.

“It is great that there is something to do in between Christmas and the new year when the children start to get a little bored.”

Charlotte Machin said: “I think it is a really great idea.

“However, if they were to do something like this again then maybe they could organise a different activity next time, perhaps something like rollerblading.”