Ice skating returns to Twickenham from this weekend
By Teddington People | Monday, November 25, 2013, 12:43
This weekend will see the return of ice skating to Twickenham for the first time since the Richmond Ice Rink was closed down in 1992. Using the latest technologies to minimise energy consumption the Richmond Rink - named in memory of its predecessor - will open for six weeks from this Saturday.
Torvill and Dean delivered a petition with 48,000 signatures on it to Downing Street and were very involved in the campaign to save the original ice rink in Twickenham.
The original Richmond Ice Rink, based in East Twickenham, was known all over the world and attracted many famous figure skating stars including Olympic gold medalists Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
Its future became uncertain in the late 1980s after the land was sold to property developers, the first of whom kept the rink running but sold it off again in 1987. The second developer intended to use the site for luxury properties. However, planning permission stipulated the company had to construct an alternative rink on another site within the borough. The row rumbled on until agreement was reached in 1992 and Richmond Council removed the stipulation in return for compensation. The rink was closed that year and subsequently demolished.
Torvill and Dean have been long time supporters of the Richmond Ice Rink and were responsible for hand delivering a petition with nearly 50,000 signatures to Downing Street in the 1990s to try to prevent its closure.
On hearing about the temporary ice rink in Twickenham Christopher Dean commented: "I'm excited to hear that skating is returning to the area having been missed for so many years." Ms Torvill added: "It will be a great event for the local community."
The rink will only be open for six weeks between 30th November 2013 and 12th January 2014 and will be located on the tennis courts in the grounds of York House on Richmond Road.
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