Heritage centre plays host to unique Fen skating exhibition

Skating exhibition in Littleport Heritage Centre, Lyn Guest De Swarte, with some of the current skat

Skating exhibition in Littleport Heritage Centre, Lyn Guest De Swarte, with some of the current skates, - Credit: Archant

Littleport’s Heritage Centre hosted a special exhibition looking back at the village’s historic association with Fen skating.

Skating exhibition in Littleport Heritage Centre, Benefactor Peter Audus, with some old skates,

Skating exhibition in Littleport Heritage Centre, Benefactor Peter Audus, with some old skates, - Credit: Archant

The centre, in Main Street, threw open its doors on Saturday to showcase a range of archive material, including skates, films, and photographs.

The event also saw illustrated talks from David Smith and Nigel Drake, of the National Skating Association, and offered visitors an insight into plans for a 400metre speed skating rink in Littleport.

The exhibition is open again this Saturday, from 10am-4.30pm.

Skating exhibition in Littleport Heritage Centre, (l-r) Trustees Deborah Curtis, and Deborah Jordan,

Skating exhibition in Littleport Heritage Centre, (l-r) Trustees Deborah Curtis, and Deborah Jordan, with some old skates, - Credit: Archant

Lyn Guest de Swarte, who helped organise the event, said: “There will be plenty of items of memorabilia to browse and pore over all day on those two days plus the 3pm fascinating illustrated talks by David Smith and a chance to talk to him and other members of the centre’s newly named Welney, Littleport and District Division.

“There is also going to be a petition of support for the building of the first indoor 400 metre ice speedskating competition and leisure track in the UK, with an inner short track, ice hockey and figure ice pad, next to the visitors book that people can sign.”

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