SKATERS are expected to take to a synthetic ice rink at Whitby Pavilion in their droves in the run-up to the New Year.

Sessions are to be held on Saturday, from noon to 8pm, and the following day from 10am to 6pm, starting on the hour and lasting for 50 minutes.

The first session of each day will be exclusively for under-12s, and there is no need to pre-book. The cost is £2.50 per session, which includes skate hire.

Local councillor Jane Kenyon said: "I am delighted that this traditional festive activity will be available at the Whitby Pavilion Complex.

"It will provide an excellent new source of entertainment over the holiday period, particularly for young people as well as the rest of the family.