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By Abbey Morton
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Rink re-opening put on ice

LOCKERBIE Ice Rink will not reopen as usual, it has been announced.

Curling and skating sessions were set to resume in early October but have been delayed, as fears have been expressed over coronavirus risk. Ice rink spokeswoman Margaret Taylor explained the board of directors met last week and and made the ‘inevitable’ decision not to reopen on October 5 as planned.

Speaking last week, she commented that the sudden halt of reopening skating rinks in England with 24 hours notice shows how difficult it is to plan. Margaret explained that discussions between Scottish Curling, SportScotland and the ice rinks about measures which will have to be followed to be allowed to open will continue.

And she said: “The board decided it was not possible to fix a date for opening but we will continue to review the situation regularly. The big worry for me is the difficult situation in the north of England, especially the Carlisle area. Although there have been very few positive tests in Dumfries and Galloway, Lockerbie Ice Rink has many customers and members from Cumbria so we must look at the position there too.

“I wish I could give firm commitments, but those who have curled against me know I am a ‘steady player’. I believe that this is a time for caution. Let’s keep our heads down for a while longer and have a shorter, more enjoyable season when it’s safe to do so.”

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