IT’S been a family favourite for 25 years and now a plea has gone out for old faces to make a return to the ice.
Ice-skating rink Planet Ice in Fareham Road, Gosport, is holding a celebration to mark its silver anniversary later this year.
Manager Jill Grindrod wants to make it a weekend to remember and is appealing for anyone who has used the rink to come back for the party.
Mrs Grindrod, 49, said: ‘There’s a lot of people who may have forgotten that we are here. It will be nice to see old faces again, and for them to bring their kids down here and to have a bit of fun.’
Skater Paul Eite, of Bedhampton Road, Bedhampton, is organising the event. He has skated at the rink since it opened in 1989.
His children Jamie, eight, and Finley, four, now skate there.
Mr Eite, 37, said: ‘For me it’s been a family tradition.
‘My dad Graham used to skate here, as did my two aunts Pam and Sue.
‘It’s a great way to keep fit. You get to meet so many great people.
‘It’s more of a passion than a hobby – you really get into it.’
Marilyn Serjent, of Elizabeth Road, Waterlooville, has also been skating at the rink since it opened, along with her mum Debbie Hill, of Knowsley Road, Cosham.
Mrs Serjent, 35, said: ‘It’s got such a friendly atmosphere.’
Mr Eite is hoping that lots of people, both old and new, will come along to the two days of fun, on October 25 and 26.
He is organising a 1989-themed party, complete with the original DJ for the evening, as well as a whole host of family activities for the two days.
The event will raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity that helps those who have been wounded in conflict.
Mrs Grindrod said: ‘We are a big armed forces town so it will be nice to show that we are thinking of them as well as seeing all the people again.’
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