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Report - Hastings Underground Ice Rink 17/12/07

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by monk, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. monk

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    Visited with jackal this has been a very long time coming, not sure when it closed, but i can remember me and twisted going skating here when we first met:gay.. which was well over 10 years ago and it closed shortly after that.

    Access hurts left with bumps brusies and burns :thumb but it was worth it as we been waiting ages to get this done.

    There was no mucking about with arty shots im afraid, it was a case of in point shot out.

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    The rink
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    Up top
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    The DJ box
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    Viewing and walkway above the rink.
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    Yeah the pictures are wonky but so was the floor :D
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    Underground the tunnels seemed to go on for ages i didnt walk all the way as there was lots of buzzing electricals down there and wet floors:eek:

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  2. jackal

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    Re: Hastings Underground Ice Rink Report 17/12/07

    No piccies from me mate. I was more of an access technician for the evening.;)

    As for a bit of history on the place - well, I new it had a fair bit, what with it originally being swimming baths, but I never new it went as far back as 1874 !

    That pre-dates Sydney Little's St Leonards Swimming Baths by 59 years!


    I don't know how long it was a cinema for,(I never knew it was used as one) but it was turned into an ice-skating rink in about 1979. It remained as such for the next 18 years, finally closing it's doors in 1997.
    It's been derelict ever since.
     
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    Re: Hastings Underground Ice Rink Report 17/12/07

    Thanks.

    Originally, the council wanted to save it as an ice rink, but no-one wanted to know.
    Then there were talks with the owners of the pier, who liked the idea of turning it into a live music arena.
    There were also plans to turn it into an underground carpark (an extension to the existing underground carparks). That was about 5 years ago.......
     
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