Norwich skaters pay tribute to 9/11 at showcase show

While the whole world will be remembering the horrific events of 10 years ago, a group of Norwich skaters will pay their own poignant tribute to the victims of September 11.

Fifteen-year-old Phil Bond's solo routine to 'Star Spangled Banner' in honour of those who died or were injured on 9/11 will open this Sunday's Norwich Ice Skating Exhibition at Planet Ice.

The event, in aid of Help for Heroes, will see up to 60 skaters showcase their skills on the ice.

It will be one of the largest amateur ice skating shows to take place in the city and will include skaters aged from five to 60.

Hayley Bond, learn to skate coordinator for Planet Ice in Drayton High Road, Hellesdon, said: 'We don't have any competitions in-house here, so this gives our skaters the chance to show off locally.

'It's also a chance to raise awareness of the rink, a lot of people don't realise we're here, and to raise awareness and money for Help for Heroes.'

The skaters have come up with their own routines and costumes for their solo performances. There will also be choreographed group routines.

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Performances will include young five-year-old Lara Harrold's solo to The Lion King favourite 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King' and synchro ice skating team Ice Candy's routine which they will be taking to the British championships later this year.

Skating coach Suzi Edwards will close the evening with a solo performance to Michael Jackson's 'Heal the World' accompanied by the youngest skaters.

'The skaters have put a lot of hard work and time into it,' said Mrs Bond. 'We've got a strong sense of family at this rink. We fought hard to get this rink open again and we don't take it for granted. We are very close and all the skaters respect each other. These shows help so much and give everyone the opportunity to show off their skills.'

A show was held at Planet Ice in March earlier this year. As previously reported, the ice rink has had a turbulent past. It closed for much of 2009 before it was taken over by Planet Ice, which runs nine other ice rinks across the country. It has since gone from strength to strength.

Norwich Ice Skating Exhibition will start at 6.30pm on Sunday, September 11. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets cost �5 and are available on the door.

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