AMBITIOUS plans for an ice rink in Huddersfield have mirrored history.
The dreams of building an ice rink in a revamped and revitalised Greenhead Park come 40 years after a survey showed an overwhelming majority of young townspeople wanted one, it has been revealed.
In January, 1964, a pilot questionnaire drawn up by the then Huddersfield Council of Youth showed 98% of the 120 respondents wanted an ice rink.
But the ice rink at a proposed sports stadium in the town never materialised.
Now, wannabe Torvill and Deans have a second chance, with an outdoor ice rink earmarked in the plans for Greenhead Park.
Specialist consultants are drawing up a project to restore the Victorian park to its former glory if all-important National Lottery cash be won.
Clr Linda Wild, chairman of Kirklees Council's Huddersfield Area Committee, said restoration and repair of existing features would go alongside other developments, such as a boating lake and outside ice rink.
Should Lottery cash be won, the community will be asked what they want to see.
But some park users believe any money would be better spent on fencing the entire park, before any other work.
Eve Chisholm, chairman of the Friends of Greenhead Park, said the ice rink plan was "completely mental".
The original gates and railings were removed as part of the war effort, but were never replaced.