YOUNGSTERS got their skates on as a shopping centre got into the Christmas spirit.
Locks Heath Shopping Centre has set up an outdoor ice rink for customers as the festive season gets into full swing.
The temporary rink has been located on the pedestrian area near the Iceland supermarket and keen skaters had their first taste on the ice at Saturday’s opening.
Shoppers will be able to hit the ice until the second week in January when the rink will be packed away for another year.
On December 8, the shopping centre is set to dazzle as it turns on its Christmas lights.
And the feel-good festive atmosphere will continue every weekend with various forms of entertainment, including The Fareham Philarmonic Choir who will sing carols near the ice rink on December 17
One youngster who glided across the ice was eight-year-old Tylor Campbell, who beamed with delight with pals Harrison Stickler, seven, and Jon Wright, seven.
The budding ice hockey player wants to follow his dad Drew Campbell, who plays for the Solent and Gosport Devils ice hockey team.
His step-mum Kirsty Russell, who helps out at the ice rink, said it is an ideal opportunity for parents to drop off their children and do their shopping.
She said: ‘The children really enjoyed it and there were lots of people on the ice.
‘Tylor skated for eight hours and cried when we had to take him home.
‘He wants to play ice hockey and we told him he needs to practise skating on the ice and rollerblading before the start of the new season and this was a good opportunity to do that. He takes after his dad.
‘It’s a good rink and we heard a large amount of children saying they were skating for the firs time – there were so many there that had never skated before. We will definitely go again – they skated around for hours and hours.
‘I would recommend the ice rink to anyone. Go down and drop the kids off and go shopping.’
She said there will be opportunities for budding ice hockey players to learn the basics with stick and puck sessions at weekends.