Official opening of Sunderland’s ice rink in Keel Square cancelled due to Storm Arwen
Sunderland BID have confirmed that Sunderland’s ice rink in Keel Square will not open on Saturday, November 27 following Storm Arwen.
The popular attraction is set to return to Keel Square this year, as the centrepiece of a packed festive programme, with the grand opening scheduled for today.
Having been an open air ice rink in previous years, the rink is set to be covered this year to ensure the weather won’t get in the way of festive fun.
It is currently unknown when the ice rink will now officially open but when it does, it is set to run until Monday, January 3.
The Christmas programme is being delivered in partnership between Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Business Improvement District (BID), and the plans will be welcome news after last year’s festivities were curtailed by Covid restrictions.
The activities are concentrated around the Riverside Sunderland site, which has undergone a dramatic transformation since the last major festive programme in 2019, with construction of City Hall now complete and the new Holiday Inn Keel Square taking shape.
The Bridges multi-storey car park is currently closed due to damage to the shutters caused by high winds, the centre confirmed on social media.
A section of The Bridges Shopping Centre itself is also understood to be closed to the public due to debris falling from the roof.