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Get your skates on for festive fun in Aberdeen

04/12/13

The spirit of Christmas has come to life in the the north-east with the launch of an outdoor ice rink.

Ice and easy does it! as Councillor Willie Young helps open the ice rink with Susan Bree, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired and the cash for Kids cat. Business organisation Aberdeen Inspired spearheaded the project which saw the Castlegate visitor attraction constructed by a specialist team over the weekend.

It will be open from noon to 8pm until December 22.

The family-friendly rink costs just 2 per session, with the entire fee being donated by Aberdeen Inspired to the local Cash for Kids charity.

It is part of a comprehensive programme of festivities planned by the business organisation as part of its commitment to driving footfall to the city centre and making the Christmas period sparkle.

Aberdeen City Council pledged 11,500 towards the 97,000 cost for running the rink. The remainder of the bill has been footed by Aberdeen Inspired while Aberdeen Harbour Board has agreed to cover the cost of fuel for the rink's generator.

Susan Bree, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: "We were determined to do something that would bring fun and laughter to the heart of our city and we know from the reaction we have had since announcing plans for the ice rink that it will be well received.

"We can't wait to see people enjoying themselves out on the ice and are delighted to be supporting the Cash for Kids appeal, which does such great work in and around Aberdeen.

"The assistance we have had from our partners and sponsors has been vital in bringing the ice rink to the Castlegate and it will give the festive season an extra shine this year."

Representatives of Aberdeen Inspired were joined by Councillor Willie Young of Aberdeen City Council and Michelle Herd, of Cash for Kids, to mark the launch.

Aberdeen City Council leader Barney Crockett said: "It is fitting that in the season of goodwill we are seeing such great partnership working in our city centre.

"The ice rink will be a real focal point for everyone visiting Aberdeen this month and Aberdeen City Council is delighted to be lending its support."

Aberdeen Inspired is the banner under which the Aberdeen BID (Business Improvement District) operates. It is a business-led initiative within the city centre in which levy payers within the BID zone contribute.

Proceeds are used to fund projects designed to improve the business district. Further information on the work of Aberdeen Inspired is available at www.aberdeeninspired.com