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Double helping of thrills at Ice World

The Dancing on Ice team lead by Mark Hanretty (back left), with Forfar Young Skaters.

The Dancing on Ice team lead by Mark Hanretty (back left), with Forfar Young Skaters.

THE PERFECT surroundings of Ice World at Forfar provided the ideal setting for a double helping of thrilling action on the ice on Saturday night.

To start what proved to be a thrilling evening, the Scottish men’s and women’s curling teams roared into action playing four ends, which ended in a draw.

Taking to the ice for the ladies were Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton who were more than a match for the men of Tom Brewster, Forfar’s own Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Gilfillan.

The ladies went in to an early lead, only for the men to draw level in the closing stages.

The match was staged as a warm up to the evening’s Dancing on Ice Extravaganza which saw performances from the ITV show’s Mark Hanretty, three times UK figure staking champion Matt Parr and former U.K. Men’s champion Jason Thomson, who lives in Kingsmuir.

Around 250 spectators attended the evening which was organised by Ice World Skating Club.

Mike Ferguson, managing director of Forfar Indoor Sports, said the crowd witnessed two curling teams likely to represent the U.K. at next year’s Winter Olympics in Russia.

He said: “Curling has an opportunity to be one of the medal sports at the Olympics next year and the standard we witnessed was tremendous.

“Curling is a sport where men and women can compete at a true level and that is the great thing about it.”

Following the curling action a spectacular display of singles and partner skating following, with young members of the centre’s Learn to Skate programme also taking to the ice.

For guests with a VIP ticket, the evening was rounded off with a cabaret performance from singer Jason Porter.

 
 
 

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