Families get their skates on at church

Amber Murray (eight) on the rink

Amber Murray (eight) on the rink

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WITH Christmas music blaring out and disco lights throwing colours around the room, it could be any ice rink across the country.

But the unusual thing about the happy faces zooming across the rink is that they are in the middle of a church hall.

The Reverend Phill Brown takes to the floor at Cowplain Evangelical Church with his children Apphia (eight), and Ethan (12), after the church installed a temporary ice rink

The Reverend Phill Brown takes to the floor at Cowplain Evangelical Church with his children Apphia (eight), and Ethan (12), after the church installed a temporary ice rink

Cowplain Evangelical Church, in Durley Avenue, Cowplain, has been turned into a winter wonderland for two days.

A specialist company installed the rink and it was packed out with excited families who couldn’t wait to pull on their blades and have a skate.

Pastor Phill Brown said: ‘We’ve been really encouraged by how many people have enjoyed the ice rink. Altogether we will have had 500 people over the two days.

‘We love doing lots of different things for the community to show that the church is not dull or irrelevant.

‘We decided to go for the ice rink to knock on the head the public‘s stereotypical view of what church is like.

‘We’ve got lots of Christmas events coming up so we thought “why not have an ice rink in the hall to kick things off?”

‘Everyone absolutely loves it. It’s been great fun and I’ve been on several times myself.’

Mr Brown’s son Ethan, 12, said: ‘I haven’t fallen over yet but I’m sure I will.

‘It’s funny to think we usually have Sunday service in here.’

The ice rink opened at 9am yesterday morning and is almost fully booked all day today, the last day.

Eight-year-old Amber Murray popped down after school.

She said: ‘I’m okay on the skates but I’ve been holding on to the edge a lot on the way round.

‘It’s a really cool thing to have in a church.’

Tickets for the rink cost £4 for 45 minutes. It is open until 9pm this evening.

n The ice rink is not open on Sunday as reported in TN2 in The News yesterday.

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