Southampton’s first ice rink, which was situated on Charles Knott’s Banister Stadium site just to the south of the speedway track, was destroyed during the Blitz of 1940 and rebuilt on the same site in 1952. From 1936 it was the home of Southampton’s ice hockey team, the Vikings, and the Southampton Speed Skating Club. It also hosted ice dance and figure skating competitions.
In 1963 it was taken over by the Top Rank organisation and reopened in 1964 after a major refurbishment (image 1). Despite protests and petitions it was closed down in 1988 and demolished soon after. Modern housing was built on the site.

Ice Rink

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Advert from the Daily Echo from April 1964

Ice Rink, Banister Park

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Photograph, 1960s

see also

Further reading:
The Stadium, Southampton by C. R. Bayley, p58-88. (HS/r)


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