Cold comfort at Canary Wharf ice festival

CHAINSAWS were in action today in Canary Wharf as London’s third annual Ice Festival got under way.

Leading sculptures from Britain, France, Hungary, The Netherlands, Portugal and from as far as Africa are expected over the next three days to carve icy works of art on the theme of ‘Love London’.

A sculpture from each team will also compete in a two-hour ‘speed sculpture’ contest with chainsaws to see who’s best and fastest.

Blue Peter presenters turned up for today’s launch. Andy Akinwolere, Helen Skelton and new presenter Barny Hairwood were aiming at carving a polar bear.

Master classes are also planned at lunchtimes and on Saturday for anyone who wants to have a go at ice carving.

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The three-day festival at Canada Park Square ends on Saturday with a panel of judges selecting the best ice sculpture.

But the public also get a chance to pick a winner on Saturday when they can vote for their favourite—whatever the panel of judges think.

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One voter will win a three-night holiday for two at the Ice Hotel in Lapland. That should bring them cold comfort.

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