Launch of Sunderland festive ice rink cancelled due to bad weather

Last year's Christmas in Sunderland Frost Village official opening event. Picture by David Wood
Last year's Christmas in Sunderland Frost Village official opening event. Picture by David Wood

The launch of an ice rink in Sunderland city centre has been cancelled.

The annual festive attraction was due to be launched with a gala event tonight from 6pm where professional solo skaters Gary Beacom and Lisa Brewin were due to officially open the venue to the public.

But bad weather has meant organisers have had to cancel it.

The rink itself however will still be open from today for those wanting to go along and skate.

The launch is due to be rearranged for another date which will be announced in the coming days.

The open-air ice rink is set to be open until the first week in January as part of the Christmas celebrations in the city centre, organised by Sunderland Business Improvement District (BID).

In a statement the BID said: “Sunderland BID has made the decision to cancel tonight’s Ice Gala due to the current weather conditions, and the fact that the Met Office has issued a yellow warning.

“As this is a family event, we feel the safety of the public is paramount and we wouldn’t expect people to make unnecessary journeys in these conditions.

“We will look to reschedule the Gala event, but we can confirm that the ice rink in Keel Square will be open from today as planned.”

Weather forecasters say there will be further wintry showers through the night and a cold and frosty start to Friday with wintry showers becoming lighter and less frequent by afternoon.

Best of sunny spells in morning then turning cloudy by dusk and maximum temperature 5 °C.

The outlook for Saturday to Monday is weather turning milder during the weekend with some mainly light rain possible.