AUDIO: iceSheffield could produce next Torvill and Dean, say stars

Ice legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
Ice legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

ICE dancing legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are planning to skate back to Sheffield - not to do the Bolero but to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged kids on to the ice.

And in an exclusive chat - listen to it in full here - they praised the city's iceSheffield facilities so highly that they believe it could help produce the next Torvill and Dean.

The Olympic gold and four time world champions say a Variety lunch, celebrating their achievements and hosted by Eamonn Holmes at the Dorchester, will raise vital funds for them to host ice dancing sessions for children around the UK.

The charity helps support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

They are still looking at where the sessions will be but say they plan to include Sheffield - the city close to their hearts, where they have entertained thousand of fans at the Arena. They also always skated on steel blades made in Sheffield.

Chris, now aged 57, said of the lunch and charity plans: "We're very proud. Variety is fantastic charity and to be associated with it is a real honour. To be ambassadors for the charity is a big deal for us. We want to help and support them in any way that we can.

"What we hope to do is to be involved and organise days at ice rinks. That's something we feel we can do. Whether they are disabled, disadvantaged or sick children - we just want to give them a great day out.

"We did it not so long ago in Manchester. We want to get it off the ground through Variety around the country and into Sheffield as well."

He said: "We've been skating on Sheffield steel blades all our lives and we used to start our tours at Sheffield Arena. We've been there many times."

Jayne, 58, aded: "With Chris and I it would be possible. It's not only something different for the children but also for the parents who come along too. They enjoyed watching their child doing something different."

Bolero superstars Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

Bolero superstars Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

She added: "I know they have some excellent facilities at iceSheffield, so lets hope children there can take advantage of it and utilise it. There's every opportunity for them there and some good coaches, so lets hope it can produce future champions.

Chris believes it could help produce a future Torvill and Dean. He said: "I would like to think there will be. It's all to do with funding. You look at the summer Olympics we did and the Government funded the sport. Look at how successful many of the events were. That's what it comes down to. Getting the young kids on the ladder, giving them the right coaching and supporting them through their career."

It's more than 30 years since they captivated the world and won gold with their ice dance routine set to Ravel's Bolero at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984.

Chris revealed they can appreciate what they did perhaps more now looking back at old video footage than at the time - when they were in a 'trance like state'.

Torvill and Dean Variety lunch hosted by Eamonn Holmes

Torvill and Dean Variety lunch hosted by Eamonn Holmes

He told us: "What tends to happen is your memory gets blurred but then you watch it back gain and it puts you right back there. But at the time we were so trained up and conditioned that we were almost in a trance like state while we were doing it.

"It's only when you look back at it, through old footage and video that you can remember it. We've done the Bolero many times. But that performance was 32 years ago."

Millions of fans watched them host TV's Dancing On Ice and they have warm memories of their live shows at the Arena in Sheffield. But will the TV show ever return?

Chris believes it could. He said: "May be they'll want to bring Dancing On Ice back again. TV is like that. Sometimes they will rest it then they say let's do it again."

Jayne added: "We've jut finished pantomime in Manchester. We might do that again. We also have another couple of projects ."

The ice favourites have no plans to hang up their skates while they can continue to perform and give value for money.

Chris added: "We stay healthy, look after ourselves and know what we're capable of. So I think as long as we can still give performance that's worth a ticket price then we'll keep performing."

* The Variety lunch was on Thursday, January 7, 2016. For event details see

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