When we arrived at the Arena we had a quick bite to eat and then tried to locate the direction of our seats. Our tickets didn't seem to correspond to any of the directions in the foyer so we asked an attendant where we should be. She told us to go up to the second level where we would find our seats. After trudging up all those stairs we finally arrived at the right level and asked again and were directed to the front row of the balcony. It was a sell-out performance and we had pretty good seats, almost centrally on to the length of the rink. We were seated early and the TV cameras were there as they were filming this performance for the DVD, so the audience was warmed up and rehearsed which was all good fun.
There was a group of girls seated to our right and they kept getting very excited, they were looking up above and behind us and pointing - they had located 'Dec' from Ant & Dec and a famous footballer which had them almost passing out. I hadn't a clue who they were talking about.... I know who George Best is (was) and David Beckham and, well that's about as far as my knowledge of footballers go. Anyway, these guys were obviously in the very expensive hospitality boxes way above our heads and I wasn't going to give myself whiplash trying to celebrity spot. Stuart told me that it was Peter Beardsley who they were getting all hot and bothered about.
Back outside, we found another attendant and she apologised for the error in directions and ushered us into the hospitality suite with, you've guessed it! some famous faces to our left and right. We were greeted as we entered, drinks brought to our seats for us and as soon as our glasses were empty they were replenished without asking. What a night! It was a fantastic show..... Torville and Dean performed several solo spots, a lot more than they do on the TV show, they were outstanding.
The show was very much the same as it was on
TV and even had the same panel of judges.
professional skaters were superb. They covered the ice with speed and grace and some of the performances were just incredible. It was a very exhilarating show which we both enjoyed. It was a fab night and being in the VIP Suite just put the finishing touches to it. Ice skating was how Stuart and I first met and we ended up as Ice Dance partners during our competitive days. We remember watching Torville and Dean competing at the British Ice Dance competition in Nottingham when they were just coming onto the British skating scene. Ahh memories!