Can you help us? We’re calling for people to help us pick the final ice sculpture that will complete the line-up of icy installations at this year’s Fire&Ice InDurham.
Now in its fourth iteration, the theme of this year’s festival (as we’re sure you already know by now) is Heroes & Villains, and we’re asking you to vote for your very own local hero, who’s likeness will then be captured as an ice sculpture, in what we’re calling ‘The People’s Choice’ installation.
In previous years of Fire&Ice InDurham we’ve ran competitions with schools across the county, getting the children involved in designing the final ice sculpture of the line-up. Year-on-year that particular installation gets a lot of attention from children and big kids alike, and so this year, we decided to open it up to everyone to have their say in what the complete line-up of ice sculptures at Fire&Ice InDurham might look like.
Given the theme of Heroes & Villains, you might automatically think about stars of the big screen, comic book characters and the likes, but heroes can be everyday people too. The concept of a ‘hero’ can be very unique and vary from person-to-person – it’s certainly an abstract concept that’s allowing us to have lots of creativity with the festival plans!
So, we’ve lined up a list of six real-life heroes all hailing from the North East, who have achieved something incredible or have helped to put our corner of the UK on the map over the years for various different reasons. As part of The People’s Choice competition, we’re asking you to vote for your favourite local hero, with the famous face receiving the most votes come the competition close then being recreated as an ice sculpture at Fire&Ice InDurham.
Featuring on the list of local heroes you to choose from include TV personalities Ant and Dec, as well as local lass and Queen of the Jungle, Scarlett Moffatt. There’s also sporting heroes hailing from the North East including Alan Shearer, as well as Paralympians Josef Craig and Jade Jones. Completing the line-up of famous faces to pick from in The People’s Choice competition is Denise Roberts. Originally from Sunderland, Denise became everyone’s favourite agony aunt, solving many of the country’s conundrums through her residency on ITV’s This Morning, until her death in 2016. Which one is your favourite?
You can vote for the local hero you’d like to see transformed into a piece of icy art at Fire&Ice InDurham by visiting our Facebook page and casting your vote at the post pinned to the top of our timeline. We’ll be accepting votes up until midnight on Friday 8th February, with the winner of The People’s Choice competition announced on Saturday 9th February. Exciting stuff!
The People’s Choice ice sculpture will complete the line-up of installations, which will once again be created by Glacial Arts – the team who worked on the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Following the winner of the local heroes contest being decided, we’re then planning to announce the full list of ice sculputres appearing at Fire&Ice InDurham on Monday 11th February, so watch this space!
Don’t forget, if you’re voting in The People’s Choice competition, you’ll be able to see the winning famous face recreated as an ice sculpture, along with the other installations, at Fire&Ice InDurham on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February. Put the dates in your diary now and do come along – we’d love to welcome you, your family and friends to the City during the festival.
And remember… Fire&Ice InDurham place across Durham City (ice sculpture trail maps will be available to download soon) and is free to attend. For more information about the festival, visit our website and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook too!