[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]THE coolest show on earth is coming to town when circus acts perform on an ice rink inside a Big Top.

The Continental Circus Berlin On Ice show opens today (Thursday, January 8) on a specially built ice rink in a circus tent next to the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.


And the ringmaster becomes a rinkmaster when the circus on ice has its only Scottish performances that run until January 18.

The show features trapeze artists, contortionists, acrobats, clowns, comedy acts, magicians and a troupe of dazzling ice dancers performing on the rink in a brand new state of the art and heated luxury theatre Big Top.

And yesterday (Wednesday) the ice dancers and comedy acts got in some last-minute practice at the nearby ice rink in Braehead Arena.
Operations manager with Soar at intu Braehead, formerly known as Xscape, Ian Anderson said: “This is a spectacular show that’s not been presented on this scale in the UK for 30 years.

“Continental Circus Berlin On Ice combines amazing feats of ice artistry with fabulous traditional circus skills and comedy.

“We’ve even got a daredevil whose wife fires a bolt from a crossbow to knock an apple from her husband’s head. All I can say is I hope she doesn’t slip on the ice when she fires the crossbow!”

Tickets for the show are available from Ticketmaster on 0844 453 9009 or or the on site Box Office.

Photograph Captions:

Circus Berlin pix 1,3,4 and 5 shows comedy act and plate spinner Professor Wacko with his assistant Natalie.

Circus Berlin pix 6 shows ice dancers performing with the Circus Berlin on ice

Circus Berlin pix 7 and 8 shows ice dancers Timofei Novaikin and Marie Baudet.

Circus Berlin pix 9 and 10 shows comedy act and plate spinner Professor Wacko with his assistant Natalie surrounded by ice dancers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Provost and Piazza partner up for fundraiser.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has teamed up with the Piazza shopping centre in Paisley to raise money for a charitable cause close to her heart.

The Piazza paid Provost Hall the Living Wage to work in the shopping centre’s ice rink for the day.

The wage will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s – chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

Earlier this year, the Provost’s charity giving scheme was launched with an abseil from the roof of Renfrewshire Council’s HQ in Paisley. The event raised almost £5,000.

At the Piazza, Provost Hall worked alongside Ryan Rodden who took up the seasonal job in the shopping centre through Renfrewshire’s youth employability hub.

Provost Hall said: “I enjoyed working at the ice rink and I was pleased to be supported by the local people and local business.

“It is really important to me that fundraising events like today not only raise as much money as possible for the charities but show the good work taking place within the community and business.

“I also want to support the important work of Invest in Renfrewshire – Renfrewshire Council’s £8 million programme to support employment and business. It was great to meet and work with Ryan today. I am looking forward to developing further sponsorship opportunities with local businesses next year.

“People will be able to support the four charities by sponsoring them directly. Contact details of the charities are available by clicking the links at The funds raised will be split equally between the organisations.”

Maureen Hill, Centre Manager at the Piazza shopping centre said: “It was a pleasure to have the Provost work here and generate a real buzz within the centre. Shoppers were very supportive and the kids enjoyed themselves.

“We are pleased to be able to support the Provost in her aim to raise money for her chosen charities.”

The ice rink in the Piazza shopping centre is open Monday to Friday 12pm – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 6pm until the 4th January.

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