Owners of the iconic Murrayfield Ice Rink have spoken of their hopes to reopen later this year – and that will come as welcome news to many in the Capital.
The famous old rink, which was forced to shut in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, may open its doors this Autumn.
This news follows previous reports that the future viability of the rink was ‘a serious concern’.
There have been plenty of good times at Murrayfield Ice Rink over more the years – and here we look back at some of the bumps, bruises and tonnes of ice cold fun had at the much-loved venue over more than six decades.
Angela Francis , Sheila Armstrong and Helen Brown get ready for the amateur ice show Icerama in 1956. Photo: TSPL
2. The "most modern rink in Scotland"
Murrayfield Ice Rink pictured in 1955. The rink gave Edinburgh people a chance to experience a whole variety of events from professional ice hockey, professional ice shows, amateur boxing and basketball. Crowds of 1000 skaters on a Friday and Saturday night were not uncommon. Photo: TSPL
3. Murrayfield Racers
Ice hockey has always had a home at the Edinburgh rink, with the Murrayfield Racers, who can trace their history back to the early 1950s, pictured here in action against Aberdeen Racers. Photo: Ian Coyle
4. Ice cold boom
The art deco rink was designed in 1938 at a time when interest in ice skating was booming - but it did not open until 1952 after it was requisitioned during the war, remaining under control of the government long after the conflict had ended. Photo: Neil Hanna