Fylde coast skating sensations Hayley Tamaddon and Dan Whiston narrowly missed out on TV ice dance glory.
Dan, from Poulton, and his partner Hayley, from Bispham, finished runners up in last night’s grand final of Dancing on Ice.
West End favourite and former X Factor contestant Ray Quinn and partner Maria Filippov won the last ever series of the hit ITV show.
Former Hot Ice skater Dan is no stranger to winning, having already picked up top prize three times previously with soap actress Gaynor Faye, Corrie star Hayley and, last year, with Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle.
The Fylde stars were taking part alongside Quinn and Tweddle, and went into the final at the top of the leaderboard.
Dan and Hayley performed three times and wowed the judges with their Bolero, showdance and favourite dance from their partnership – Jai Ho, from the hit film Slumdog Millionaire.
Judge Jason Gardiner was almost lost for words following the pair’s dazzling display.
He said: “I was completely mesmerised by your commitment all the way through it.
“This was one of Dancing on Ice’s legendary performances.”
The couple’s troubled run in training had threatened to ruin the build-up to the final after Dan suffered a tear to a bicep a fortnight ago.
However, the Fylde coast skaters scored a collective score of 79.5 out of 80, last night, but could not edge out overall winner Ray in the public vote.
Speaking to hosts Christine Bleakley and Phillip Schofield, Hayley said she had loved the show.
She said: “He (Ray) is an absolute star, he’s amazing at everything and he really deserves it.”
Quinn, 25, and his partner Maria Filippov were the early bookmakers’ favourites to win the competition and received the most votes from viewers after receiving a maximum of 40 points for both their routines on the night.
Rival finalist and Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle was eliminated after the first round of dances.
Judge Gardiner said Quinn was a “master” and told him: “I sit here in absolute awe of what you can do.”
Dancing on Ice bows out after nine series as one of ITV’s prime-time reality shows.
An emotional final show opened with Olympic legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean dancing their last televised performance of their famous Bolero routine.
After being crowned the winner, Quinn said: “I’m absolutely privileged, but this moment is for Maria. I’m proper buzzing, I’m over the moon.”
Christopher Dean described Quinn’s performances as “incredible,” adding: “He’s a worthy winner and the best skater we’ve had on the show.”