Audio slideshow: Skates and sparkles

Outdoor ice rinks have become as much a part of municipal Christmas celebrations as
street illuminations and Nordic pines.

Each year over a quarter of a million people visit Somerset House in London to skate against
the romantic backdrop of the 18th century courtyard - here is a glimpse of the sights
and sounds.

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Photography and production by Emma Lynch. Interviews by Tom Bayly.
Published on 16 December 2008


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