Skater’s bid to bring history back to life

Donald Malcolm (left) during his Pleasure Beach Ice Show days
Donald Malcolm (left) during his Pleasure Beach Ice Show days
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Performing in front of packed houses at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Ice Drome is something proud Donald Malcolm will never forget.

For three years in the 1950s the great-grandfather was part of the attraction’s famous ice shows, which saw audiences packed into the venue both afternoon and night.

Now, more than 60 years on, he is appealing for help from Gazette readers to help complete a family history project and bring his past to life for his great-grandchildren.

The 86-year-old is hoping to track down programmes from the shows.

Mr Malcolm, from Dundee, in Scotland, featured in the shows in 1952, 1953 and 1954 – including one notable performance as one of the

ugly sisters in its production of Cinderella.

He said: “I was just in the chorus in the first year, but after that I did the comedy act with two other guys.

“The shows were packed afternoon and evening.

“That was the heyday of the Ice Shows and the heyday of Blackpool. It was just after the war and holidays abroad were, as you could say, a foreign concept.

“The Pleasure Beach was booming, it was a fantastic time.”

Mr Malcolm lived in South Shore during his three six-month summer season stints in the resort.

Now he hopes to show his ice-mad great-grandchildren where they get their passion for skating from.

He said: “I’m 86 now and I’ll soon be 87. I’ve got nine great-grandchildren and three of them are skaters.

“I’d like to show them what I did in my time.”

Anyone who can help Mr Malcolm recover some of his past can write to him at 14 Gordon Square, Dundee, Scotland, DD3 6BY.

Alternatively you can contact him by calling (01382) 668162.