Stars of the 2019 ITV show Dancing On Ice have been using Romford's flagship Sapphire Ice and Leisure centre as a practice ice rink.
Among those to use its facilities for the present run of the programme that started in January, have been reality TV star Gemma Collins, of The Only Way Is Essex fame, and Brian McFadden, former member of Irish boy band group Westlife.
Since opening in February 2018, the £28 million centre, built to replace the 1980s ice rink that closed in April 2013, has attracted over 500,000 visitors.
Home to the Romford Raiders ice hockey team, it has become a symbol of the town’s leisure and retail regeneration plans.
The centre includes the full-sized ice rink open to the public, a state-of-the-art 100-station gym, two swimming pools, dance studios and two fully licensed cafes.
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