Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Ice rink might as well be on the top of Cave Hill

AN outdoor ice rink in the centre of any city over Christmas gives a lot of fun for the skaters and the people who just want to watch. But the one at Custom House Square in Belfast might as well be on the top of the Cave Hill.

AN outdoor ice rink in the centre of any city over Christmas gives a lot of fun for the skaters and the people who just want to watch. But the one at Custom House Square in Belfast might as well be on the top of the Cave Hill.

There are no shoppers nor Christmas crowds around Custom House Square. It's a dead part of the city.

And as for outdoor, how can it be outdoor when it is indoor and best of all it is not even real ice? Why can other city's have a proper outdoor ice rink.

The area around the City Hall or even a big car park outdoor with real ice would be good. After all, it's only for Christmas.

A few years ago at Christmas time there was a small rink outside the City Hall with real ice and shoppers could stop and watch. But then it was covered over with a tent and I think you had to pay to watch, so much for the Christmas spirit.

I was in the city on a Monday and Thursday recently. On the Monday at 4pm two people were on the plastic rink and Thursday at 1pm there was none.

And I think £6 for 30 minutes is a bit steep, with children paying £4.

I am glad we have an excellent ice rink at Dundonald Ice Bowl where I skate twice a week.

OLD BUT KEEN SKATER, Carryduff, Co Down.

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