A once defunct ice arena is back in business today thanks to a group of inspirational parents following a six-month closure.
Cleveleys Ice Arena in North Promenade opens for skating again today just months after shutting under its previous form as Jubilee Ice Arena.
A group of parents whose children skated at Jubilee Ice Arena have invested close to £20,000 in bringing the ice rink back into use – with all profits to be invested back into the business.
Sam Jones, who is one of the 12 parents behind the project, said the return of the arena would be a huge asset for the community.
She added: “It all came about because we were parents of kids who used the arena.
“We were devastated when the arena shut. The parents got together last year and negotiated terms to take over the building with owners The Alliance Group.
“We know it is a good business and there is good footfall – plenty of people want to come here.
“We have formed a charity and the business will run as one, with money invested into the upkeep and continued refurbishment of the building.”
The ice arena – formerly known as Sub Zero – closed in September with the loss of 16 jobs.
Parents took over the building in January and have used their skills to help bring the building back into use, including a revamp of the kitchen, cafe and public areas.
Community leaders welcome the arena’s return, praising the community spirit of the parents.
Coun Peter Gibson, Wyre Council leader said: “I very much welcome this. I had had a meeting with them some weeks ago and understood their ambitions.
“We were happy to support them. It is the way to do it with parents being involved as it is such a good facility.”
Jubilee ward Coun John Hodgkinson said: “I imagine so many people will be delighted by this news. It is a wonderful community tribute.
“We need more of the community grouping together.”
Mrs Jones said no fixed timetable has been put in place for skating sessions at the site, but hoped to bring a similar of jobs back to the arena.
The ice arena opens today from 11.30am.