9th Dec, 2016

Silhillians get their skates on at borough ice rink

Shaun Reynolds 19th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SILHILLIANS will be getting their skates on this summer as the Lord Mayor joined keen ice gliders at the town’s rink on Saturday (April 9) to be presented with her own ice card.

Owned by Silver Blades, Solihull ice rink presented councillor Glenis Slater, Solihull Lord Mayor, with the card which enables skaters to receive a discount when hitting the ice for the venues regular public sessions.

Open seven days a week, the rink has received a face-life over the past six months since it was taken over by Silver Blades in October.

With a fresh audio and lighting system, the rink is now booming with youthful skating talent.

The rink now offers family sessions, ice hockey coaching sessions and birthday parties – and has attracted a fresh audience.

Duty manager Penny Pearce explained that the increasing temperatures outside isn’t putting people off donning their skates inside.

Penny Pearce, duty manager at Solihull ice rink, said: “There’s plenty of stuff going on at Silver Blades right now and we’re keen to get new people on the ice to try their hand at skating.

“We have a skate programme where people can learn to skate regardless of their age – and having the Mayor down to officially open our new Ice Card scheme was fantastic.

“She’s now an honorary member and has her own ice card – whether we see her down the rink in the future who knows but it’s great that significant figures in the local area are getting involved.

“We can have up to 150 people on a skating course at a time, it’s easy to sign up and get involved.

“Ice skating is becoming more popular even though there are fewer rinks left, I’m excited for the coming year.”