IN 2019, residents of a Weston-super-Mare care home took to the ice to enjoy an afternoon of skating.

Staff and volunteers of Abbey Gate, in Beach Road, joined in the fun by visiting Icescape at the Tropicana.

Speaking at the time, care home manager Marie McMillan said: “We are always trying to come up with inventive ways for our residents to enjoy themselves and have fun.

“It is good for them to have something which stimulates their minds and everyone had a great time being pushed on the ice in their wheelchairs.

“I must say a huge thank you to Icescape for letting us use their facilities.”

Weston Mercury: Residents and staff enjoyed ice skating at the Tropicana. Residents and staff enjoyed ice skating at the Tropicana. (Image: Marie McMillan)

Abbey Gate provides accommodation for people who have dementia, require nursing or personal care and offers specialist care for adults aged 65 and over.

Its website reads: "We take great pride in offering the highest standards of accommodation and facilities; indeed the level of care we give to every one of our residents is exactly what we would want our own loved ones to receive, so you will find that our homes are run very much along the lines of a comfortable caring family home, where each resident is a valued member of a small community.

"Our registration classification is for age 65 years or over."

After a three year gap, Icescape reopened in Weston in November 2023. Sunday (January 7, 2024) marks the last chance for residents to take to the ice before its closure.