Festival organisers ‘very disappointed’ over closure of skating rink

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Organisers of Rothbury’s inaugural Christmas festival have announced the show will go on despite having to cancel the skating rink due to last night’s flooding.

Festival organiser Kate Holt said that rink was waterlogged as it was on the floodplain.

School children from throughout Coquetdale were due to take a skate on the rink today but the rink will now be cancelled for the whole weekend,which starts tomorrow.

Ms Holt added: “Following last night’s sudden flood of the River Coquet we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Rothbury skating rink and refund everyone’s money. Of course we are all very disappointed but the children’s safety is the most important consideration.

“Nonetheless we are very excited about all the other aspects of the Rothbury Christmas Festival. These are going ahead as planned and we hope everyone will come and enjoy our North Pole Owl Service, the Christmas craft market, the live music, free concerts and the children’s rides.”

A few location changes have been made, these includes: The North Pole Owl Post will take place in The Turk’s Head Pub Garden; The Children’s fun fair and street food stalls will take place in Market Square; Christmas Fair will take place in the church hall, All Saint’s Church and the Congregational Hall Gallery; Live music (including free evening concerts) and The Crib exhibition will take place in All Saints’ Parish Church and the gift wrap service, shopping creche and cartoon corner will take place in the URC.