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Ice rink gets bigger this year

The Christmas open-air ice rink in Uxbridge was made even bigger this winter because it is so popular.

The rink, outside the Civic Centre, was a third bigger than previous years and attracted hundreds of visitors every day.

It was the fourth year the rink had been provided in the town centre to coincide with festive celebrations.

The rink was opened at the beginning of December, when Father Christmas got his skates on along with the borough’s road safety character Fred the Penguin and young skaters from Slough ice rink. Hillingdon Music Service also played carols at the opening ceremony.

The facility was suitable for all ages, with special penguin skating aids being provided to help younger children. It was open every day except for Christmas Day, until January 1.

The ice rink attracted more than 11,500 people last year, and the council was expecting the figure to be even higher for 2011.

Henry Higgins, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure on Hillingdon Council, said: “It was great to see the ice rink lit up and people keen to get their skates on. Ticket sales are doing well and with a bigger and better rink this year I hope even more people will come to enjoy it.”

People travelled from across the region to use the rink. Festive music was played over the sound system during the skating sessions to create a Christmas atmosphere.

Ticket prices were kept the same as last year, at £5 per adult off peak and £7 during peak times and £3.50 for children and £5.50 during peak times.

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