Wimbledon Is Iced Up By Live Ice Carver

Frozen winter animals are carved up in the town centre

Wimbledon Town centre welcomed international ice carver Anne Marie Taberdo, the leader of Team UK’s ice carving team, with her chainsaw at Love Wimbledon’s first ice carving day.

The watching crowds enjoyed a real treat as Anne carved beautiful, detailed, winter animals including a polar bear and penguin from the blocks of ice.

St Marks Place, where the event was held on December 12, was lit up with snow covered Christmas trees and beautifully twinkling lights, captivating children and adults as they watched the animals take shape.

An ice ‘graffiti wall’ gave children (and the occasional adult!) the chance to have a go at carving their own icy creation, many revelling at how difficult it is as they chiselled Christmas characters and words.

The Alexandra Pub served mulled wine and mince pies, Michael the greengrocer market trader permanently on the Place sold Christmas trees and winter nuts and fruits. Hans Wurst served up piping hot German food and to set the seasonal scene, St Mark’s Church had a stall for their charity Christmas cards and tokens.

Helen Clark Bell, Love Wimbledon BID manager, said: "It was wonderful to see shoppers, residents and locals sipping mulled wine and swinging their hips to Christmas music whilst enjoying the beauty of ice sculpture which brought a bit of winter magic into St Mark’s Place".

To find out more about Love Wimbledon and what’s on in Wimbledon visit www.lovewimbledon.org.  

December 17, 2015