There will be no ice rink in Derry this Christmas it has emerged.
Since 2013 the ice rink has been a central feature of the city’s seasonal celebrations at Ebrington Square and attracted thousands of visitors to the site. Now, the company who stage the event say it will not be in the city this year.
The news comes after it was recently confirmed that the Christmas market, held at Ebrington last year will also not go ahead in the coming weeks. However, Derry City and Strabane District Council later announced that there will be a scaled down version of the market in Guildhall as Christmas approaches.
The company behind the ice rink venture have cited that a number of factors are responsible for the cancellation of the much loved event including the increased cost of insurance.
It is understood that Derry’s urban regeneration company Ilex had been in discussion with Legenderry on Ice, the company responsible for the event, in the last few weeks with a view to get the ice rink to return.
However, Legenderry on Ice have now confirmed that the event will not be in the city this year. Mr John Magee from the company has said: “Unfortunately, Legenderry on Ice will not be coming back to Derry this year. Stating that whilst there were no specific reasons for the failure of the event to return to the city, Mr Magee did say that rising insurance premiums had played a part in the decision.
“There were a number of factors and that would have been one of them. Insurance costs have gone up generally, so there’s no specific reason, because there were a number of reasons for it,” he said.