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Skating star opens outdoor rink
The outdoor arena in Nottingham
The rink will remain in place over the Festive period
Nottingham's Olympic ice skating champion Jayne Torvill has officially opened a new outdoor ice rink in the city centre.

The 350,000 rink takes up most of the Old Market Square and will be open for seven weeks.

The city's National Ice Centre (NIC) will operate the 40m by 19m (130ft by 62ft) rink in the run-up to Christmas.

Martin Ingham of the National Ice Centre said he hoped it would attract more visitors to the city.

He said: "What this will do is it will encourage a lot of people to come skating who haven't skated for a long time. It's a very Christmassy thing to do."

Jayne Torvill, who won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics with her skating partner Christopher Dean, said: "If (youngsters) are just passing, while they're Christmas shopping, they can say 'Can we go and have a skate, mum?'

"Get on the ice and enjoy it - and if then they really, really want to continue it they have the opportunity with the fantastic arena that we've got here."



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Jayne Torvill skating on the outdoor ice rink



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19 Sep 07 |  Nottinghamshire

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