Celebs don skates for ice finale

Congleton Guardian: Beth Tweddle who is one of the celebrities who will be getting their skates back on for the final series of Dancing On Ice Beth Tweddle who is one of the celebrities who will be getting their skates back on for the final series of Dancing On Ice

Beth Tweddle, Suzanne Shaw and David Seaman are some of the celebrities getting their skates back on for the final series of Dancing On Ice.

Fourteen famous faces, including previous winners Sam Attwater and Ray Quinn, will take to the rink in the ninth - and last - series of the ITV show.

The o ther competitors, who are all veterans of earlier series, include Bonnie Langford, Waterloo Road actress Zaraah Abrahams, Emmerdale's Hayley Tamaddon and Gareth Gates.

Actor Gary Lucy, soap star Jorgie Porter, rugby player Kyran Bracken, comic Joe Pasquale and ex-EastEnders Todd Carty complete the line-up.

Phillip Schofield, who hosts the show with Christine Bleakley, said viewers were "in for an absolute treat".

He said: " I'm over the moon we'll be welcoming back to the ice some of our very best skaters and characters from over the years."

Olympic heroes Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will again train the celebrities and will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their gold-medal winning Bolero routine.

Bookmaker William Hill has already installed 2009 winner Ray Quinn as the 11/4 favourite to win the show, while fellow ice champs Hayley Tamaddon and Sam Attwater are the 3/1 and 4/1 second and third favourites.

Joe Pasquale and Todd Carty - popular for their comedy value rather than their skating talents - are 66/1 to win the show.

"There is a real buzz about this show as we will be able to see who the best skater is from the history of the show and we are incredibly excited to see who will come out on top," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. "We cannot wait to see Mr Carty who may not be the best skater but he was the best value."

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