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Ice is back at Aviemore and now the dream is for serious sports return as well

By Tom Ramage

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Hopes are high that the stunning success of the campaign to bring back ice skating to Aviemore after a gap of 20 years will now lead to bigger things.

The atmosphere was fantastic as the new venue opened up after a hugely impressive campaign by Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust.

Trustee Kirsty Bruce said it all when she told the Strathy: “We’re thrilled that after of an absence of over 20 years, ice is back in Aviemore.

“We are so grateful for the support and encouragement we have had from local businesses, the community and the Cairngorms National Park Authority to return an ice rink to the centre for everyone to enjoy.”

It was, she said, the start of something bigger, right there on the site of the old ice rink which served the strath so well in the “old days”.

“The trust’s long-term ambition is to develop the rink from recreational ice to sport ice.

“We want to see curling, ice hockey and skating clubs reform in Badenoch and Strathspey and to welcome back tournaments and events.”

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