26 October 2016
Following a request from the Chief Minister, the Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture Minister, Senator Lyndon Farnham, together with the Assistant Minister, Connétable Steve Pallett, met with relevant parties last week in order to resolve the challenges arising from Ice Skate Jersey’s decision to withdraw their event from Fort Regent this Christmas.
A decision has now been taken for Fort Regent to run the ice rink, sponsored by Sure and in partnership with Ice Skate Jersey. The Fort Regent ice rink will run from 9 December 2016 to 15 January 2017. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Connétable Pallett said “I am delighted that the public will have the opportunity to ice skate at Fort Regent for a fourth consecutive year. We have worked closely with our local operator, Ice Skate Jersey, to ensure that Islanders have the choice they have asked for. This will also help to protect local jobs and support other businesses at Fort Regent during the busy Christmas period.”
Fort Regent Centre Manager, Jo Mousdale, added “We were overwhelmed by the public support for Fort Regent and Ice Skate Jersey, and are very pleased to be working with Keith Halstead in the delivery of this event this year. The ice skating works so well at the Fort, and we hope the public will really get behind us and visit the Fort for their skating this year. We plan to add even more to the experience than in previous years, making it bigger and better than ever.”
Ice Skate Jersey’s Keith Halstead commented “I am thrilled that cooperation with all parties has resulted in the reinstatement of the ice rink at Fort Regent, to the benefit of all the thousands of Islanders who we know will enjoy the facilities so much. This was evident following the fantastic public support shown to Ice Skate Jersey through social media and an online petition.”
Head of Marketing at Sure, Louise Burrows, added “We are delighted that the ice rink at Fort Regent is now going ahead. So many islanders gave their support, showing it’s such an important part of their Christmas celebrations. I hope that they all enjoy coming to the rink this year and for many years to come.”