All on edge for ice-cool skating talk

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A NEW museum event reveals Sheffield’s ice-cool edge in a long history of making skating blades.

Kelham Island Museum’s Skates of Steel extravaganza, on Monday, will focus on how skates are made, sharpened and ground. It will feature talks from a number of skating experts, including Lloyd Gibson, vice captain of Sheffield Steeldogs ice hockey team, who will talk about his sport and the importance of decent skates.

Peter Gibbon, a Sheffield-based hand grinder, will talk about his work creating skates for ice dancers.

Judith Smith, audience development officer for the museum’s Hawley Collection, said: “If you’ve ever wanted to find out how you get two edges on a skate blade then now is your chance.

“The highlight for all ice hockey fans will be an appearance from Sheffield Steeldogs assistant captain and members of the team who will answer questions about their skates and perhaps sign an autograph or two.”

To coincide with half term the event is being put on for free. Visit www.hawleytoolcollection.co.uk or call 0114 2010769 for more details.