The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Christmas Wonderland comes to Ayr

Ayr’s first ever Christmas Wonderland was officially opened by South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan last week, marking the start of a new and exciting festive attraction for the area.

[Pictured: Provost Winifred Sloan and Alan Macdonald, Chairman of the Dawn Group at the opening of Ayr’s Christmas Wonderland.]

Christmas Wonderland – a partnership project between Ayr Renaissance, South Ayrshire Council and the Dawn Group – features an open-air ice rink in Wellington Square, complemented by a Christmas market, Santa’s Grotto, tearoom, mini-fair and entertainment (at selected times).

To open the Christmas Wonderland, Provost Sloan was joined by a special skating Santa Claus (AKA former Ayr Bruins ice hockey player Jim Thomson) as well as Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, a number of South Ayrshire Councillors, Community Councillors and representatives from the many businesses that have come together to make the Wonderland a reality.

Santa was the first on the ice after Provost Sloan cut a ribbon to open the skating rink and was quickly followed by a terrific display from the Ayr Force Synchronised Skating Team – resplendent in their Santa outfits.

There were also performances from singer Nicola Cassells and players from the Braehead Ice Hockey Clan.

Making a special appearance were Barassie Primary School pupils Kieran Roberton and Leah Patterson who created the winning Christmas lamppost banner design in the annual competition sponsored by Owen Kerr Signs.

Provost Sloan said: “I am absolutely delighted Christmas Wonderland has come to Ayr. Outdoor skating has long been associated with seasonal celebrations in the great towns and cities of the world and Ayr is now part of that exciting tradition. I encourage people throughout South Ayrshire and beyond to come and enjoy Ayr’s Christmas Wonderland and make it part of their festive fun.”

Alan Macdonald, Chairman of the Dawn Group, added: “I think this will be a huge asset to the town of Ayr during December and hopefully this will become an annual event.

“I am delighted South Ayrshire Council has lent its support to this project and I am sure many, many people will enjoy skating at Wellington Square.”

Ayr Christmas Wonderland, which is supported by Paligap, Owen Kerr Signs and the Ayrshire Post, opens every day (except Christmas Day) between 11am and 9pm until 30 December.

Advance bookings for skating sessions can be made via the Citadel Box Office on 01292 269793 and tickets will also be available on the day, subject to availability.


South Ayrshire Council

Dawn Group

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