IT is a place which holds special memories for many people.

When it initially opened for business in January 1966 Bradford Ice Arena, then known as the Silver Blades Ice Rink and owned by Mecca Leisure Limited, was reputed to be "the finest ice rink in the world."

Back then it boasted twinkling chandeliers and a plush bar and restaurant and the opening gala featured performances by British skaters who had just returned from the World championships, including Sally Anne Stapleford, John Curry and ice dancers Bernard Ford and Diane Towler.

Since then the rink has experienced many changes - the most significant was the threat to its survival. When Rank Leisure took over Mecca in 1989 the cost of updating and improving the rink wasn't felt to be commercially justifiable.

But the announcement of its closure in 1991 caused outcry among supporters who rallied to save the rink.

And it is testimony to their efforts, the 4,000 or so signatures presented to the City Council, and, above all, the dedication and commitment of its present day director, Krystyna Rogers, that Bradford can still boast its very own ice rink.

In recent years it has been used for training by contestants on ITV show Dancing on Ice. Actors Hayley Tamaddon and Chris Fountain are among the celebrities who rehearsed there.

This year the Ice Arena celebrates its 50th anniversary, a milestone that will have evoked fond memories for the many who have taken to the ice there.

Here we take a dip into our archives to find some more photographs to help you reminisce about those enjoyable moments on the rink.

Bradford's very own ice arena has and continues to bring to create memories for generations of visitors.