Over 300 local residents formed a human ring around Ryde Arena on Wednesday as they ramped up the protests against the closure of their rink.
A financial dispute between Ryde Arena Ltd (RAL) and investment firm AEW Europe, which represents the leaseholder Bank of New York Mellon, resulted in bailiffs moving in to repossess the facility last week.
Wightlink Raiders were forced to cancel last weekend’s games as talks between the two parties continued, while this Saturday’s cup tie against Invicta Dynamos has been switched to Gosport Ice Rink.
In our latest Twitter Talk feature, we take a look at the reaction to the closure and Wednesday’s protest:
— Rich Curtis (@richiow) October 8, 2016
— IWCP sport (@iwcpsport) October 9, 2016
— maureen smyth (@mosmyth) October 11, 2016
— Jeremy Cornish (@jeremycornish11) October 11, 2016
— Wayne Whittle (@RydeAbide) October 12, 2016
— Isle of Wight Radio (@iwightradio) October 12, 2016
— Andrew (@n0rbie) October 12, 2016
— Nick Hayman (@StripeyHayman) October 12, 2016
— IW County Press (@iwcponline) October 12, 2016
— Shaunna Hall (@shaunnahall90) October 12, 2016
— Felicity Young (@nursefelicity) October 12, 2016
What an incredible effort from the Isle of Wight skaters and hockey for Link Around the Rink. Incredible stuff. pic.twitter.com/68HdEiNxBp
— Richard Carpenter (@Carpohockey) October 12, 2016