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    Ice skating is fast becoming the favourite pastime in hot, equatorial Singapore.

    Since the country's first?

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    Ice skating is fast becoming the favourite pastime in hot, equatorial Singapore.

    Since the country's first rink was opened two months ago, an average of 5,000 skaters a day have crowded on to the ice, seeking relief from the normally humid winter temperatures of 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Centigrade).

    The Jurong Ice Rink is located 10 miles (15 kms) from central Singapore and just 80 miles (130 kms) north of the Equator. It was planned by a Japanese company and developed as a joint venture with local firms.

    Twenty-seven instructors are employed to teach Singaporeans how to skate. They are also there to prevent serious accidents and give newcomers a sense of security.

    The most common skating accident, cut hands, is largely prevented by insistence on thick or woollen leather gloves -- an unusual sight in sweltering Singapore.

    The owners of the Jurong Rink are convinced that ice skating is here to stay in Singapore, despite the number of bruises and twisted ankles reported. They are planning two more in Singapore, and they will seen start figure skating classes and a league to promote ice hockey.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA72UI07WUKKMH6V9IY8NBIH4EY
    Media URN:
    VLVA72UI07WUKKMH6V9IY8NBIH4EY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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