Retro: N-ice and easy does it for frozen-in-time fun

29/12/98 Skating on the Ice Caps at the Dome are, from left, Josh Davis, aged ten, of Bessacarr, Alan and Timmy Fuchs, of Meschede, near Dortmund, Germany, who are visiting relatives in Cantley, and brothers Alex and Thomas Falcon, aged seven, and nine, of Bessacarr. 29/12/98
29/12/98 Skating on the Ice Caps at the Dome are, from left, Josh Davis, aged ten, of Bessacarr, Alan and Timmy Fuchs, of Meschede, near Dortmund, Germany, who are visiting relatives in Cantley, and brothers Alex and Thomas Falcon, aged seven, and nine, of Bessacarr. 29/12/98
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Now, here’s a cool pastime: ice skating.

Sticking on some blades and taking to a frozen lake might sound like a health and safety disaster waiting to happen in 21st century Britain.

Mice On Ice. Ice Dancers Queens Road.

Mice On Ice. Ice Dancers Queens Road.

But back in the Sixties and Seventies, it seems, the thought of the ice cracking and a plunge below was but a minor consideration. Rather a glazed over body of water meant a chance of sliding, gliding and a game of hockey with makeshift sticks.

Them were the days.

Today Tuesday Retro continues our A-Z of hobbies enjoyed in our region with I is for ice skating and ice sports.

These pictures show game types skidding around Wire Mill Dam, in Fulwood, and Longshaw.

Ice skating - January 19th 1963

Ice skating - January 19th 1963

And it’s not just in winter that this pastime is popular. The old Queen’s Road Ice Rink, Doncaster Dome and iceSheffield in Attercliffe have all allowed active types to take to the ice even when the sun is shining out.

“Ice skating is great fun and a fantastic way to keep fit and healthy without even realising you are exercising,” says Mandy Parker, general manager of iceSheffield in Coleridge Road. “On average, you can burn around 300 calories from just one hour- long session on the ice.

“It’s also a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. We have people as young as two and as old as 80 learning to skate with us. We’re also one of only two rinks in the country to have specially-adapted, battery-powered bumper cars for people with disabilities.

“Each year, we welcome more than 400,000 people to iceSheffield and we’re expecting even more interest in the sport when the Winter Olympics start.”

With the lake at Longshaw frozen solid after a week of freezing conditions, it was an opportunity for these fathers and youngsters to have an impromptu game of ice hockey, before going home for Sunday lunch - 2nd December 1973 Skating at Longshaw

With the lake at Longshaw frozen solid after a week of freezing conditions, it was an opportunity for these fathers and youngsters to have an impromptu game of ice hockey, before going home for Sunday lunch - 2nd December 1973 Skating at Longshaw

And one thing’s for sure, it seems: falling over is simply part of the fun.