Sunday 5 April 2020

Boots Corner Cheltenham to be transformed into ice skating rink for dogs

Roll over dog swim, Cheltenham is playing host to the first dog skate today – as Boots Corner is transformed into an ice-skating rink for man and woman’s best friend.

Forget Torvill and Dean, it’ll be fun-loving pooches who’ll be dancing on ice today, as Cheltenham’s ‘popular’ Boots Corner is being transformed into an ice-skating rink especially for dogs.

The brainchild of local canine-lover Droolius Caesar, the one-day-only event will see up to 50 dogs from across Gloucestershire pulling off their paw-fect pirouettes, triple axels and combination jumps – with proud owners’ whistling directions from the specifically-installed spectating planters.

Open from 9am to 12pm today, Monday 1 April 2019, four-legged-friends of all shapes and sizes are welcome to paw-ticipate – from chihuahuas to great danes – but must have their own set of skates. Mastiff lines are expected to form for the opening.

Competitive pups are also invited to register for the doggie skate-off to determine who’s the leader of the pack. With the chance to perform their best one-minute routine to ‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis Presley, with the winner taking home a golden bone.

Asked about his inspiration for the event, Droolius Caesar said: ‘Boots Corner has been the subject of lots of controversy since the trial closure began last year – with some describing it as barking mad and others saying it’s simply re-pug-nant.

‘Make no bones about it, I want to change perceptions of this part of town and thought this was a perfect oppawtunity to roll with it and bring the community closer together fur real.’

Boots Corner is thought to be closed to traffic throughout Monday 1 April 2019 – clearly marked by special signage, with absolutely no room for confusion.

See also The Severn Bore set to change direction, World's first Old Spot Pig Cafe to launch in Gloucester and Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling taken over by French organisers for more topical news stories.

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Monday 01 April 2019

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