QUEEN Elizabeth had only just acceded to the throne, Winston Churchill was still Prime Minister, Patrick Swayze was a newborn baby and the average home cost just £1,942.

Just months after the March 1952 opening of Southampton Ice Rink, the Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club formed and have only just hung up their skates.

Some of the members – many of which have been members of the group for the full 70 years - recently met at a reunion in Eastleigh.

This was to be the last meeting as the club has now been disbanded – 34 years after the ice rink's closure.

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The city's original ice rink was located on Banister Stadium and opened in 1931.

southampton ice rink.

Southampton ice rink.

After suffering damage during the Blitz of 1940, the rink was rebuilt on the same site in 1952.

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Shortly afterwards, the Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club was formed.

Heritage. southampton Ice Rink in its heyday..

Southampton's Ice Rink in its heyday.

The ice rink shut its doors for the last time in 1988 when the building was demolished and housing built on the site. The club have been campaigning for a new rink ever since.

These pictures were taken at the ice rink through the years.


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