Ice and easy does it!
The finishing touches were today being put to the latest star attraction at Shropshire’s world-famous Blists Hill Victorian Town – a spectacular outdoor ice rink.
As part of their training programme, firefighters from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service were pumping 22,000 litres of water into a specially prepared arena to create the new rink at the award-winning site.
The rink – measuring 22 metres by 10 metres – is being built outside the Forest Glen pavilion and is set to be one of the stars of the festive season at the museum when it opens on November 4.
It is taking five days to build and is part of what the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust describes as a Christmas to remember at the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Justin Tose, visitor engagement director at the Trust, said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing an outdoor ice rink to Blists Hill Victorian Town for the first time. Our new rink will be a real focal point for two months of Christmas festivities here which all start on November 4 and will truly serve up a fabulous festive treat.
“The rink will take up to 50 skaters at a time in sessions lasting 30 minutes, and it will be given a Covid-safe deep clean after each and every session. This will include wiping of the hand rails and spraying all the skates with a special anti-virus spray.
“The opening marks the start of our Christmas season at the Trust and we promise to deliver a Christmas to remember for everyone.”