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SKATERS in Dumfries are holding a fundraising Christmas fayre.

Solway Sk8ing Club’s festive event takes place at the ice bowl on December 18, 11 am to 2 pm with free entry to skate and with skate hire as well as craft stalls, Santa’s Grotto and more.

A spokeswoman said: “We wish to welcome all who are interested for a fun day of skating and festive fun.”

Meanwhile, members have recently returned to competitive synchronised skating with their first competition of the season, Skate London, at Alexandra Palace.

The three teams were up against some stiff competition but walked away with medals all around.

Solway Comets competed in the beginner category, debuting their new routine ‘Jungle Book’. After a crowd pleasing performance they walked away with a bronze medal.

The attention then turned to Solway Stars, Junior ISU, who skated their short program, ‘Peter Gunn’, they wowed the audience and ended their first day in first place.

Day two started with Solway Eclipse in the mixed age category, skating to a mashup of songs from ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ and ‘Under Paris Skies’. They skated beautifully and won themselves the gold medal. Finally, Solway Stars took to the ice for their new and dramatic free program, ‘Beetlejuice’. They entertained the judges and went home with a silver medal after breaking the 100 point mark.

Chairperson Lindsay Henderson said: “What an amazing weekend for our club! I’d like to send the biggest congratulations to all of our skaters and coaches on a successful competition after such a long time. A huge thank you to all our volunteers involved, who work hard behind the scenes to make it happen. And finally to our sponsors, who without, competitions like this wouldn’t be possible.

“It’s good to be back!”

The club extended special thanks to sponsors Gordon’s Construction Equipment, Solway Machinery Sales Ltd, Al’s skate shop, Kip McGrath Dumfries, Currie Solutions, Archibald Buildings Ltd, Ashleigh Scotland Ltd, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Cash for Kids.