Employees and their families enjoy ice rink outing22nd Dec 2017

Would-be Torvills and Deans took to the ice at a special skating session held for Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK employees and their families.

Jones Bros had assisted Theatr Clwyd in Mold to make their seasonal visitor attraction more accessible to families, by loaning heavy plant, and seconding personnel to level a slope and prepare the ground for the temporary rink.

In return, the theatre allocated two of its skating sessions to employees and their families.

Marketing manager Lynne Williams said: “Most people were skating for the first time, and were cautious when they first took to the ice. By the final 15 minutes, a lot had gained confidence to venture at speed and into the middle of the rink.

“Even smaller children took part, as they could sit on skating aides that parents could push round. Everyone enjoyed it.”

The 20 metres x 10 metre ice rink has returned to the theatre, after attracting 10,000 skaters during its inaugural season in 2016.

The theatre’s artistic director Tamara Harvey said that Jones Bros’ support meant the ice rink could be built much closer to the theatre building, making it more accessible and easier for visitors to use the Theatr’s exisiting facilities and see what else the Theatr has to offer.

She said: “We could not have done this without Jones Bros.”

Jones Bros director Ruth James said: “We are glad we were able to help Theatr Clwyd meet its objective with the rink this year. The ice skating sessions were a great success giving colleagues and their families a chance to catch up and try a new sport during our Christmas break!”

The rink was open daily from Friday 8 December to Sunday 7 January, with sessions lasting 45 mins.