Ice man Dan’s big Olympic effort

Eric Idle and Dan Whiston's (below) skating nuns wow the crowds at the Olympic Games.
Eric Idle and Dan Whiston's (below) skating nuns wow the crowds at the Olympic Games.

ANYONE who watched the Olympic closing ceremony could not have failed to notice the skating nuns.

And the routine they performed was part-choreographed by none other than the Fylde coast’s ice king, Dan Whiston.

Daniel Whiston

Daniel Whiston

Dan, from Poulton, had also helped find the skaters to perform in the spectacular show.

And he said he was stunned when he got a call from artistic director Kim Gavin – who he has worked with previously on Dancing on Ice and the Royal Variety Show – asking for help.

Former Hot Ice star Dan, who has skated to victory twice in hit ITV show Dancing on Ice, said: “I couldn’t believe it.

“I got a call from Kim, who I’ve worked with before, asking me to help.

“And when skating nuns were mentioned, I was just like ‘wow’.

“I was asked to find some skaters and also get involved with the production and assist with putting the routine together.

“It was great, as I was able to put forward some of my friends, who they cast to skate. They were using the Off-Ice Skates I have been using – which are great as it means you can skate on any flat surface.

“I went down to London to the Olympic Park for the rehearsals and it was just amazing.

“It was just so fantastic to have been asked to be part of the production of the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

“I felt really proud.”

The skating nuns appeared on the stage alongside comedy legend Eric Idle, who sang his Monty Python hit Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Other highlights of the ceremony included performances by Jessie J with Queen guitarist Brian May, The Who, Take That, The Spice Girls, Madness and the Pet Shop Boys, including Blackpool’s own Chris Lowe.

And Dan’s involvement with London 2012 won’t be stopping there.

The skater – who spends his summer working at his dad’s carpet business on Devonshire Road – revealed to The Gazette he will also be involved in the Paralympics.

He added: “I will be doing rehearsals next week.

“I can’t reveal any details as it’s top secret - but I can say I will be working with an amazing pop act.

“I would never have thought in a million years I would have been working on the Olympic ceremonies.”

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