Ice rink pulls out of Christmas event

Santa Claus on the dodgems at last year's event
Santa Claus on the dodgems at last year's event

There won’t be an ice rink at this year’s Montrose Christmas Spectacular after all as the providers have pulled out.

This year, Santa Claus in Montrose and the Christmas Spectacular have joined forces to organise the festive High Street event, which takes place over the weekend of December 12 and 13, and will see the High Street closed off to traffic for the weekend.

Organisers have managed to fill the space left after the ice rink that was due to attend the event pulled out.

Tommy Stewart said: “We were disappointed when the ice rink company contacted us to say they could no longer attend. We tried to find another one but at this time of year everything is already booked up.

“Our funfair partners have stepped in to fill the void with a selection of rides that we are sure will excite everyone.

“We appreciate there will be disappointment that the ice rink has cancelled, but no one is more disappointed than our committee.

“We have leafleted businesses and residents to let them know of the forthcoming road closure and will do another one the week before the event. Although the road is not closed to traffic until the Saturday morning, a ‘no waiting’ restriction will come into force at 7pm on the Friday night, and we are appealing to everyone to remove their cars.”

Santa Claus has dropped off his postbox at Nature’s Garden, Murray Street, Montrose, and youngsters have from now until December 5 to write their letters and drop them off.

Each letter costs £2.50 and will receive a personal reply from Santa. Free templates are available in the shop. The money raised from this and Santa’s other activities will be donated to a local cause.