Fylde's Dancing on Ice star back to the floor

GET your skates on, son!

Fylde residents awaiting delivery of a new carpet shouldn't be too surprised if a rather familiar face pops through the door with their new shag-pile.

For Poulton ice king Dan Whiston is swapping his axel jumps for Axminsters, as he takes up work over the summer with his dad's carpet fitting business.

Fresh from the UK tour of hit TV show Dancing On Ice, the skating sensation is now hanging up his skates for a while in favour of carpet kickers.

But the 30-year-old former Hot Ice star said he couldn't wait to get stuck in to his less glamourous new role – which he said would help him keep his feet firmly on the carpet.

Dan, who this year took part in the third series of ITV1 favourite Dancing on Ice with former glamour model Linda Lusardi, said: "I've got a bit of time now before the next series, so I am taking a break and working for my dad for a bit.

"We just finished the tour of Dancing On Ice and it was absolutely fantastic, everywhere was sold out and I really enjoyed it.

"I will be carpet-fitting as well as going into people's houses delivering their carpets.

"I have done it before in the past and got some funny looks because people recognised me off the TV.

"I'm really looking forward to it though. I like meeting people and it will be nice to meet people who voted for me and Linda on the show.

"It certainly brings me back down to earth, which is great. It's just nice to be with my family and to do a normal, everyday job.

"One minute I'm carrying Linda Lusardi over my shoulder and the next minute it's a roll of underlay.

"I will still be training on the ice and in the gym of course, but carrying carpets around will help me keep in shape. It will certainly help keep the old muscles going."

The business, Bill Whiston Carpets, based on Woodland Grove, Blackpool, is something of a family affair, with Dan's mum Marj also getting in the act – she is the company secretary.

Dan said: "My dad loves it when I work for him, but I don't get special treatment as the boss's son – he certainly makes sure I work hard."

Dad, Bill, said: "The family makes the most of Dan while he is here, before he skates off on another adventure.

"He now brings in work from celebrity contacts from all over the country, but as always the backbone of the business has been built on the support of local people.

"Dan has never been too busy to help out at the business, even from being at school."