Families have been out in force over the last week as they took to the ice at the Calverley Grounds rink and helped push the number of skaters towards a record figure.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC), who manage the attraction, said 31,323 people had used the rink as of the end of last week.

This is an increase from the figure of slightly more than 30,000 which had been recorded at the same time in 2016.

Organisers hope that by the time the rink closes for its seventh season on Monday [January 1] an unprecedented 40,000 will have taken to the ice.

Bookings are said to be ‘strong and way ahead of the figure at this point in the past’. Remaining sessions run every hour from 11am to 8pm.

This will change to end at 6pm on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.