Skaterz Roller Rink in Walpole Highway re-opens next week under new management.
New owner Michael McInerney has given himself just one week to carry out an estimated £15,000 refurbishment of the historic rink but is relishing the challenge.
He has close links to the building and said he has a “passion” for skating. Michael was the European speed skating champion and is still the British champion at the age of 41. He has also been running the local speed skating club for years.
Michael is hoping to open the centre up as a community hub and entice other groups to meet there, such as karate, bowls and line dancing, at times when it is not being used for skating.
He is aiming to reopen Skaterz on Valentine’s Day.