Season's first natural ice in Netherlands
As of one o'clock on Sunday, Dutch ice skating lovers could skate their first rounds on natural ice at a rink in the northern town of Noord Laren, the first natural-ice rink to open this winter.
The local ice skating club began spraying water on the tarmac rink two days ago. A spokesperson said it takes two nights of strong frost to create an ice floor with the minimum thickness of about one-and-a-half centimetres.
The club intends to register with the national skating union today for the first skating marathon on natural ice. The ice is expected to reach the required thickness of three centimetres on Monday or Tuesday night. The spokesperson said that the rink had never before opened so early in the season.
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