SINCE the Olympic torch relay tradition began, the flame has travelled by water, by air and by road – but never before by ice.
So when it arrives at the Nottingham Ice Centre on Thursday, history will be made. Not only will the flame be carried across the ice, it will also become the centrepiece of a new routine choreographed and performed by Olympic ice-skating champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
"It's not the easiest thing to skate with," said Jayne, who is originally from Clifton. "The routine had to be new because we had to choreograph the performance with the torch in mind from the beginning.
"When I'm being lifted by Chris I now have an extra weight, which does affect the balance."
"I know the torch gets run a lot – and then gets on a boat and goes on a tram – but I think what we are doing is unique in that there's a routine and music based around it," said Christopher, who trained as a policeman before his skating career took off. "We are not just carrying it from place to place; it's a homage to the torch and what it represents.
"I think one of the most significant things is that our Olympic dreams started on this site where the old ice arena used to be, and so we've come back full circle."