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IW skaters at Planet Ice’s artistic competition at Gosport, 3 June 2017.

Anneliese kicked off the competition for the Isle of Wight in the Bronze, Silver and Gold Passport solo artistic event, winning gold with her Moana routine. She was every bit the little star and everyone loved her routine. Daddy Howard had been very busy building props as well, as she had her very own Moana boat


The NISA levels 1 to 4 solo class saw an Isle of Wight 1-2-3, with Sophia Elliott earning gold for a fantastic Wizard of Oz routine in which she started off as the scarecrow and changed into Dorothy halfway through. Izzy Curtis and her Aladdin routine took silver, and Jess Curtis was just behind her big sister with bronze for her “be my guest” Disney Descendants routine.


Proving that hard work does pay off and laughing the whole way through the routine, the superb performance from The Pirates (Arwen Rowdon, Eloise Hayward, Ellie and Josie Watts) claimed gold in the groups, aged under 21 class.
There was silver too for Alice in Wonderland’s birthday party, a high-energy entertaining routine from Izzy and Jess Curtis, Anneliese Smith and Courtney Lane. Bronze went to Gosport


The Pirates: Arwen Rowdon, Eloise Hayward, Ellie and Josie Watts. Coach Terri Smith is pictured top between the parrot and the skeleton

Link: Event report

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Planet Ice announced yesterday that it is to cease operations at Ryde ice rink on 25 March. The company has been the rink’s operator since it took over from Isle of Wight Council. The council still owns the building; Planet Ice is simply the leaseholder.

Planet Ice had an obligation to run the venue as an ice rink for 15 years, after which any guarantee that it would remain an ice rink ended. That obligation runs until February 2016, according to IW Council, and the council is currently seeking clarification from Planet Ice about how it intends to keep to its obligations.

Mike Petrouis of Planet Ice has said he is prepared to talk to interested parties and to sell the remainder of the lease plus fixtures and fittings for £5. Petrouis said the rink was currently losing about £140,000 a year.

iowskaters knows of several interested parties and wishes them well in ensuring the continued operation of the Ryde rink.

The rink, of course, was in the news in January 2012 when HM Revenue and Customs issued winding up orders against eight of Arena Group’s Planet Ice rinks – Basingstoke, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Gosport, Isle of Wight, Peterborough and Hemel Hempstead – over unpaid taxes. Mike Petrouis, previous owner of the Planet Ice brand, at that time emerged as the saviour of those rinks. Of those eight, Norwich has since closed, Cardiff will close when the new winter sports village opens under a different operator (Planet Ice was dropped as a partner by the council over perceived financial concerns), and Hemel Hempstead was at risk until an active campaign saved it. Milton Keynes has benefited from extensive refurbishment as a result of work on the development of which it is part and has reopened. Gosport remains in a run-down condition with a long-promised refurbishment depending on financial support.

Planet Ice recently closed its Leisure Box ice rink in Birmingham, also citing poor financials; a planning application to turn the site into an 11-storey development of flats and shops has since been submitted. Planet Ice has twice tried and failed at the planning stage to redevelop the Ryde rink, first into a hotel and apartments, and second into a combined rink and supermarket.

There is an action group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/794820610588525/

An online petition to express support for the rink is at: https://www.change.org/p/isle-of-wight-save-our-rink

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This week, the time the rink at Ryde is open to the public is limited because of rehearsals for The Professionals on Ice. According to the Planet Ice website:

“We will be closed on 22 and 23 October between 10am and 4pm due to Professionals On Ice rehearsals. Also there will be no public skating sessions on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October due to the Professionals on Ice show. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Link: www.planet-ice.co.uk/arena/Isle_of_Wight

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Planet Ice Ryde’s Christmas show this year is The Lion King. There are four shows in total for the public, in addition to the dedicated schools-only shows, on 10 and 11 December at 3pm and 6pm.

The show features skaters from the Isle of Wight Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club. Costumes have been created by some of the talented people that go into making Ryde Carnival so special, so expect a great visual and skating spectacle.

Please support the club’s skaters by buying raffle tickets at the show.

Tickets are priced at £6.50 each for adults, £4 each for children and £19 for a family ticket. For bookings or for more infomation call 01983 615155.

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Planet Ice Ryde’s new learn to skate courses for newcomers as well as improving skaters start on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November at 10.00am and 10.30am respectively. Cost is £60 for a six-week course of six 30-minute lessons. Contact Planet Ice Ryde on 01983 615155 for details.

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Planet Ice Ryde is holding its Halloween Fright Night – an evening of ghoulish goings on and music – on Friday 28 October. Costs are £4.70 without skate hire, and £6.70 with skate hire. Fancy dress is a must. For more info, call 01983 615155 or visit www.planet-ice.co.uk

Planet Ice Ryde’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com

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