Festive rink at Northamptonshire garden centre forced to close after warm winds melt the ice

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An ice rink has had to close temporarily after warm weather and high winds melted the ice.

The Beckworth Emporium’s festive ice rink opened on Saturday to customers but several gusty days and temperatures of up to 15 degrees have seen the surface unusable for the first time in its seven-year history.

David Brown, co-owner of Beckworth Emporium, said: “It’s been like leaving your freezer door open and turning a hairdryer on it.

“It’s taken the surface right off and, no matter how hard the machines are working, they can’t compensate.”

The business has phoned all customers who have booked skating slots and told them the rink will reopen on Saturday.

In the intervening time, Mr Brown hopes the weather will be cold enough for the ice to re-form.