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It was a star-studded week for the Museum's Ice Rink which opened to the public last Friday.

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Singer Leona Lewis performed on the stage overlooking the rink, along with popular boy band The Wanted (above), while skaters spun gracefully on the ice.

 

The stars were here to launch the exciting Kinect for Xbox 360. The new Kinect motion-sensor gaming system uses revolutionary technology to make it a controller-free gaming experience - you become the controller with a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

 

Among the other stars who tried out Kinect on the night, was TV presenter Kate Thornton (pictured below).

 

And the great news is that you can try out Kinect in the Ice Rink's Café Bar - there are 2 consoles and helpers to hand.

 

During the event The Wanted boys also took to the ice for a photo shoot (shown below).

 

Alex Lawson, our Development manager who helped organise the launch describes the event:

 

"It was possibly the busiest run-up to an event I've ever seen. The logistics of building stages and platforms on ice in a matter of days were mind-boggling. But it was a great success. Although I think I should have had a pedometer on the night - would love to know how much I walked - at least  miles?!

 

"The stars even got to enjoy a brief glimpse behind the scenes at the Museum as we walked them round to the Ice Rink site past possibly the oldest object on the planet in our collection - the 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite in the Mineralogy collection."

 

Read the news story about the Stars on ice Kinect launch

 

Find out about the Ice Rink

 

Enjoy these pictures from the night. Select the photos to enlarge them.

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Leona Lewis and her band performing at the Kinect launch at the Museum's Ice Rink

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Leona Lewis performs

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Boy band The Wanted on stage

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Need a penguin helper Wanted boys? And skates might help.

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The Museum stunningly lit up for the occasion

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TV presenter Kate Thornton has a go on Kinect

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Hollyoaks actors Matt Liddler (Max) and Darren Jeffries (OB) posing.

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