SKATERS weren’t exactly practising their triple axle jumps but the ducks were slip, sliding down the River Dee this week as parts of the city’s main waterway froze over.

As temperatures dipped well below zero, ice formed on the river from the Queen’s Park suspension bridge to the Weir.

Despite weather reports of “coldest days” and threats of -10°C, the river didn’t quite reach the icy depths of 1963 when the entire width froze over enough to encourage Cestrians to enjoy skating. See pictures of the 1963 Big Freeze on our Nostalgia page 40.