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Colin Jackson and Ray Quinn open Romford’s new Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre

PUBLISHED: 07:30 04 February 2018

Ray Quinn shows off his ice dancing skills. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Ray Quinn shows off his ice dancing skills. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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Crowds gathered outside the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre to be the first in line to enter.

The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Van den Hende, cut the ribbon to open the doors of the centre in Western Road, Romford, on Saturday, February 3, along with leader of the council, Cllr Roger Ramsey, Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson.

Colin said: “When facilities like this are available to the community, it makes a huge difference to people’s attitudes in lifestyle, and that active lifestyle can promote a healthier living experience for everybody who is involved.”

After an ice-skating performance from Ray Quinn, former X Factor contestant and Dancing on Ice champion, residents wasted no time in seizing the opportunity to test their skates on the ice rink.

The mayor told the Recorder: “The equipment is fantastic. For example, the fact that in the swimming pool, the whole floor comes up and down so they can adapt the depth and make it shallower or deeper.

“They are amazing facilities and I am sure it will be incredibly popular.”

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