Going for a skate

Oscar Moore (left) and Eddie Wilkinson, both 12, take a breather while enjoying some ice skating.

A school holiday winter wonderland was in Cambridge this week.

A synthetic ice-skating rink set up at Cambridge Raceway attracted about 1500 people – both parents and kids – during the course of its four-day stay.

Bringing it to town was the brain-child of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.The Grassroots Trust  – which provided funding – and Cambridge Raceway then came on board to help make it a reality.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Kelly Bouzaid said the concept was mentioned at a recent business networking event where Cambridge Raceway CEO Dave Branch came forward.

“We were astounded at the reach and engagement the social media posts achieved and knew we were onto a winner.

“This seemed like a fun and timely idea heading into level 1. It offered our youth in the community some winter fun and fed the positive vibe that we are currently enjoying in Cambridge.”

Cambridge Raceway’s events and new business manager Shannon Bint-Popperwell was thrilled with its popularity.

“What a turnout,” she said.

The rink belongs to Ice Skate Tour and owner Robin de Goeij said their time in Cambridge was busy every day.

“It’s fantastic seeing the school holiday smiles on everyone’s faces,” he said.

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