Storm Arwen: Blackpool ice rink closed for security reasons


A yellow weather warning is in place in Lancashire today (26 November) and tomorrow (27 November) forcing councilors and organizers to change and cancel certain outdoor events across the county.

An outdoor ice rink in Blackpool will close for a short time and the Padiham Christmas light-on fireworks may also be canceled.

According to the Met Office, a yellow weather warning is in place for parts of West Lancashire, including Blackpool.

Wind speeds of up to 62 mph are forecast for the coastal city tonight.

As a result, the outdoor ice rink at Christmas By The Sea Village will be closed this evening (November 26).

A spokesperson for Visit Blackpool said: ‘Due to forecasts of high winds along the coast on Friday evening (November 26), the Christmas By The Sea Village Ice Rink on Tower Festival Headland will be closed for safety reasons .

“We hope to reopen the rink for some of the remaining sessions this weekend, but please check our website for further updates.”

The Blackpool Outdoor Ice Rink is closed tonight (Photo: Visit Blackpool)

A spokesperson for Visit Blackpool said: ‘Due to forecasts of high winds along the coast on Friday evening (November 26), the Christmas By The Sea Village Ice Rink on Tower Festival Headland will be closed for safety reasons .

“We hope to reopen the rink for some of the remaining sessions this weekend, but please check our website for further updates.”

An East Lancashire event may also be affected by the storm and Padiham advisers say this could cause safety concerns for their Christmas countdown event.

The Padiham Christmas event is scheduled to take place tomorrow (November 27) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

They plan to have fireworks, Christmas lights, a fun fair and Christmas markets.

There will also be street entertainment and even a festive snow globe.

However, the weather has altered the plans of the organizer; As long as it’s not canceled, the grand finale fireworks display could be.

Padiham City Councilor Steve Watson said: “We were hoping for a bigger and better event this year, but due to the weather conditions things won’t be quite as we expected.

“We are aware of the weather and have contingency plans in place if things need to be adjusted.

“The pyrotechnic company will judge the day of the safety aspect. If they think there are safety issues, the fireworks will be canceled. ”

“We move our snow globe to an indoor setting – it should have been indoors and now we have an uncovered scene with no cover.

“However, it will still be a great and fun day for the family.”


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