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Tim Hortons Free Skate events were a hit with those of all ages
Colleen Rutledge
St. Lawrence College

Tim Hortons Free Skate events were a hit with those of all ages
This years Tim Hortons Free Skate events were a major hit with those of all ages. The Free Skate events were held in the Benson centre from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on the 3rd to the 6th of January. The skating rink was full of children, teenagers and adults alike. Jeff Lalonde brought his son to the rink on the last day of the Free Skate event.

Cornwall - Jan. 7, 2012 - This years Tim Hortons Free Skate events were a major hit with those of all ages. The Free Skate events were held in the Benson centre from 1 to 2:30 pm on the 3rd to the 6th of January. The skating rink was full of children, teenagers and adults alike. Jeff Lalonde brought his son to the rink on the last day of the Free Skate event. “It’s great because he doesn’t get enough time on the ice, and this gives him the chance to skate.”

According to some of the parents, the advertising for the event wasn’t as good as it could have been, and they didn’t know about the event until the last day. “I wish I would have known it was on the past few days.” Says Elaine Plumdore, who took her granddaughters Madison and Brooke out to the Benson Centre to watch them skate. “They definitely love it. It would have been nice to take them more than once.”

There were a few suggestions on how to improve the Free Skate event, but the one that seemed to be a shared interest was first put up by Giselle, who took her two granddaughters to the event. “I think that they should have teenagers helping the younger children. It’s a safety issue. Some people can’t go out on the ice with their kids.”

According to a mother named Alison, on the first day of the event, there were so many people that the rink became a safety issue. “This pad was so full that it was getting dangerous. There was a line-up to get on to the rink, so they opened another pad for the overflow.”

“The kids love it. They had a lot of fun.” Cornwall mother Chantal says after bringing her children and their cousins out to the Benson Centre for the event. In the end, everyone agreed that the Tim Hortons Free Skate was a great event for those of all ages, and welcome it back to Cornwall next year.


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