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Peterborough city centre will have a particularly festive feel this Christmas with an open air ice rink in Cathedral Square.

Skating proved popular last year but after listening to calls from local people this year's rink will not be covered, giving an unobstructed view of the whole of Cathedral Square throughout the festivities.

Assembly of the real ice rink will start in late November, after the Christmas Lights switch-on, and it will open to the public on Friday December 1 for the festive period and New Year. There will be an enclosed area for skaters to put on their boots.

There will also be a chance to ‘Skate with Santa’ on Christmas Eve, and a New Year's Eve package comprising skating and dining.

The rink is returning thanks to Dash Events Limited after a successful run last year which saw more than 9,000 people take to the ice.

Managing director Shirleyann Mould said: “We are all very excited here at Dash to bring the rink back, this year with a covered boot changing room.

“We had a great response last year with positive feedback, and once again we will be working with charities in the area and employing local people to staff the rink.”

Cllr Marco Cereste, Cabinet member for growth and regeneration, said: “We are delighted that the rink is returning, and it will no doubt be a spectacular addition to the city scene for the Christmas period.

“We’re sure that those who enjoyed it last year will return and those who fancy a new fun activity will give it a spin.

Cllr Steve Allen, Peterborough City Council deputy leader, said: “The people of Peterborough enjoyed the rink last year but we have listened to them to make the Christmas experience even better in an open-air setting.

“We hope people will build a trip on the ice with shopping in the city centre to pick up their Christmas goodies.”

Tickets will be available soon via Gigantic, with discounts for group bookings.

The rink will be open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 10pm, and Sunday 10am to 9pm.

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