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A rink-side view of the glory days

Don Malcolm, from Dundee, has thanked The Gazette for helping recover some of his skating past as a cast member at Pleasure Beach ice shows in the 1950s

Don Malcolm, from Dundee, has thanked The Gazette for helping recover some of his skating past as a cast member at Pleasure Beach ice shows in the 1950s

A former skating star has thanked The Gazette for helping him get hold of some ‘ice’ mementos from his past.

For three years in the 1950s Donald Malcolm, from Dundee, was part of the Pleasure Beach’s famous ice shows, which saw audiences packed into the venue both afternoon and night.

Now, after appealing to our readers to help him capture some images of his time here to show his skating-mad great-grandchildren, he was contacted by a fellow star of the rink who was able to send him some photocopies of the show programmes.

Irving Anderson, from Clifton Drive, South Shore, read the piece and got in touch with Mr Malcolm to reminisce about their time on the rink together.

Mr Malcolm said: “It’s marvellous really.

“I’ll be 87 in eight days time and I’ve got skaters in the family now, so it was nice to show them the pictures. My ambition now is to live until I’m 90 and go on the ice with my three great-grandchildren.

“Mr Anderson’s wife and sister-in-law were all in the show at the same time as us.”

Mr Malcolm featured in the shows in 1952, 1953 and 1954 – including one notable performance as one of the ugly sisters in its production of Cinderella.

When he worked in the resort he also lived in South shore with fellow ice show star Kenny Baker, who would go on to play R2-D2 in the Star Wars films.

After showing the photocopies to his great-grandchildren, Mr Malcolm added: “Some of them are old enough to understand it, and the oldest is 13 now.

“She was excited about seeing them and there were two or three stories behind them.

“I’d like to say thank you very much to The Gazette, but I still haven’t had any people come forward with programmes to offer me.

“There were a lot of Blackpool girls in the show because that was their summer job, so hopefully one of them will come forward.”

Mr Anderson, 82, said: “We had some great times together in the show.

“Three young chaps came down from Dundee and we all got on very well together.

“It was hard work with a matinee every day, but there was always a big crowd on Saturday evenings and everybody used to love that.”

Anyone who can help Mr Malcolm trace programmes from the shows can write to him at 14 Gordon Square, Dundee, Scotland, DD3 6BY. Or you can contact him by calling (01382) 668162.

 

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