Ice arena set to open …when skates arrive

A MILLION-pound ice arena has eventually been put to use after months of delays and disappointment.

The Sub Zero Leisure Arena in Cleveleys was due to open in December to coincide with the Christmas holidays but snow, meant vital deliveries could not be made on time.

But ice hockey teams and figure skaters have now taken to the ice and an opening date for the public is due to be announced for the coming weeks.

Directors Kenny Hanson and Greig Appleby are now only waiting for the delivery of 300 pairs of ice skates from Italy before opening the doors to the public.

Mr Hanson said: “We have training going on now, but we don’t have any skates to give to the public.

“If they do get here we can open this weekend, but we can’t give a date yet.”

Mr Hanson, along with business partner Greig Appleby had hoped to get the £1 million rink up and running by the time reality TV show Dancing On Ice started in January, but atrocious weather, delays to power supplies and alterations having to be made to fire escapes, kept the venue closed.

Mr Hanson added: “The skates should have been here in the middle of last week and it’s annoying for us because our hands are tied and we can’t do anything. People have come down and seen people on the ice and it’s frustrating, but we are testing the system to see if things are working because we wouldn’t want to open and have problems.”

Once completed, the venue will boast a cafe, bar, function room and skate shop in the building, but only the groundfloor’s ice rink and cafe will be open to the public while work is done to complete the rest of the attractions.