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First ever ice rink to bring festive cheer to Thornton Heath Christmas market

First ever ice rink to bring festive cheer to Thornton Heath Christmas market
Nov 20, 2017 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 16/11/2017.

First ever ice rink to bring festive cheer to Thornton Heath Christmas market

Everything you need to know about the Thornton Heath ice rink and Christmas market.

Thornton Heath residents can get on their skates as the High Street is about to get its first ever festive ice rink this Christmas.

The Thornton Heath Community Action Team (THCAT) are the driving force behind bringing the event to the High Street, as part of its CR7 Christmas Market on Saturday, December 16.

However, the group are now hoping local residents can help fundraise towards the cost of hiring the rink.

The open air ice rink has been booked and the deposit paid but organisers need to raise £2,100 to hire it for the day.

Andrea Perry, who is on the THCAT market sub-committee said: “We hope this will be a great day out for the family and will really promote all the good things about Thornton Heath.

“The ice rink will make the day even more special and means that families won’t have to travel to central London to skate because there will be one right on their doorstep.

“We hope the market will be the first of many.”

The ice rink will be installed on Garnet Road car park with access via Stuart Road or the alleyway opposite the leisure centre.

There will be refreshments and music to skate to.

Ms Perry added: “This is really a community venture and we hope that local people will get behind the ice rink and help us reach our target.”

So far £665 of the £2,100 needed has been raised.

One of the donors is Thornton Heath ward councillor Karen Jewitt who said: “It’s a brilliant idea which will help bring the community together.

“Good on the community action team for putting it on. Kids will love it.”

A map of what attractions will be a part of the CR7 Christmas market

The Christmas market promises many other attractions such as arts and crafts, children’s workshops, festive music, and Santa’s grotto with an outdoor sleigh display.

The Prince George and The Railway Telegraph pubs will be serving up mulled wine and mince pies on the day.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm along the High Street and Brigstock Road.

It will cost £5 for a 30-minute session on the ice rink and a maximum of 35 people will be able to use the rink at any one time.

Anyone who donates more than £10 towards the hiring cost will receive two tickets for the rink.

Skating will be on a first come first served basis on the day, so if the rink is full people will need to wait or come back for the next session.

Anyone who wants to donate to the ice rink or have a stall at the market can contact the organisers here