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Fayre aims to be skateaway success

PUBLISHED: 09:42 22 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:41 03 July 2010

FESTIVE cheer will be boosted by the addition of an ice

rink to Great Yarmouth's Christmas Fayre.

The rink will be open for two

days of next weekend's three-day extravaganza, which includes more than 40 stalls, wandering minstrels, fairground rides and a book-signing with well-known authors.

FESTIVE cheer will be boosted by the addition of an ice

rink to Great Yarmouth's Christmas Fayre.

The rink will be open for two

days of next weekend's three-day extravaganza, which includes more than 40 stalls, wandering minstrels, fairground rides and a book-signing with well-known authors.

Located in the square by the covered market, it will give visitors the chance to skate to music and a snow machine.

The synthetic rink - more reliable and easier to manage than real ice - is a late addition to the fayre, now in its 11th year, and will hold up to 35 skaters.

Visitors can also see Santa's reindeer resting on Church Plain, on Saturday evening there will be an appearance by Norwegian choir Lardal Kantori, and Warband UK will demonstrate combat skills outside St Nicholas' Church from 10am-4pm on all three days.

The weekend is a key part in the town centre's strategy to keep

people interested and spending in

the area.

Town centre manager Jonathan Newman said: “We will be pulling out all the stops to encourage more people to use their local town centre for Christmas shopping.”

A 20-minute skating session costs

£3 (£2 for under-12s) and starts

every 30 minutes from 10am-4.30pm on Saturday and 3.30pm on Sunday.

The Lardal Kantori concert starts at 7.30pm, tickets are £7 from Albion News in King Street or on-line at www.gytcp.co.uk

Festive mascots Mr Snowman and Father Christmas will join Great Yarmouth mayor Tony Smith to switch on the town's Christmas lights on Wednesday.

Heart FM breakfast duo Rob and Chrissie will be providing entertainment from their soundstage, with live music from Scratch The Cat until 8pm, when a rooftop firework finale gets under way.

Most shops in the area are planning to stay open until the fireworks, beginning a series of late-night Wednesdays in the town.

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