Dancing on Ice and former X Factor star Ray Quinn to perform at Romford leisure centre official opening

PUBLISHED: 10:16 10 January 2018

The Sapphire Ice and Leisure centre. Picture: Havering Council

The Sapphire Ice and Leisure centre. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

A Dancing On Ice champion and former X Factor contestant will be gliding into the town centre next month to officially open the new leisure facility.

Dancing On Ice champion and former X Factor contestant Ray Quinn will be performing on the ice at the official grand opening of the leisure centre. Dancing On Ice champion and former X Factor contestant Ray Quinn will be performing on the ice at the official grand opening of the leisure centre.

Residents and visitors are invited to the grand opening of the Sapphire Ice and Leisure centre on February 3 from 9.30am-10pm, where singer Ray Quinn will be joining the celebrations in the morning and showing off his award-winning skills when he takes to the ice to perform.

Everyone Active’s area contract manager Steve Cox said: “I am delighted that Ray is joining us to open Sapphire Ice and Leisure.

“It is a fantastic facility that will have a really positive impact on the local community, and I hope that Ray will help to inspire more people to give skating a try.

“It’s an exciting time for sports and leisure in the borough, and we are looking forward to continuing our work with Havering Council to give people even more opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing.”

Guests will get to enjoy a day packed full of free activities, such as ice skating sessions, family fun swims and exercise sessions, including group cycling and boot camps.

There will also be a figure skating exhibition as well as face painting and balloon modelling for younger children.

As well as these activities, the open day will see the Raiders return to the town to play their first game there since April 2013.

Facilities at the leisure centre include an eight-lane 25-metre main pool and learner pool, a fitness suite and an ice rink.

Cabinet member for culture and community engagement Councillor Melvin Wallace said: “We are extremely excited for the opening of this long-awaited facility.

“The health and wellbeing of our residents is a priority for the council and this facility is great for the future of sport and leisure in Havering.

“The day will be filled with activities for all residents who will be welcomed by the Dancing on Ice star – Ray Quinn.

“I encourage residents to join us and Ray in celebrating the opening which will be a big day for the borough.”


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