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St Andrew’s Day Ice Sculpture

A world famous team of ice sculptors will be hard at work in St Andrews at the end of November as they create a spectacular feature in the town centre.

On November 30 – St Andrew’s Day – visitors will be able to watch the intricate carving of massive blocks of ice by the company Sandinyoureye.

Fittingly the coolest thing in town will have a deep connection with Saint Andrew, and will take the form of a three metre long fishing boat accompanied by leaping fish.

The feature was made possible through special funding for the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival from EventScotland as part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals initiative, with an additional contribution from the Fife Council Strategic Events Investment Programme.

The ice sculpture will be created in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church – in the heart of the town at Church Square – by the acclaimed team from Sandinyoureye.

The business was formed in 2005 by Jamie Wardley and since then it has made a significant contribution to sand and ice sculpture in the UK and globally.

Jamie, from Bradford, discovered sand sculpture while on holiday in Norway, when he had a chance encounter with sand sculptor Daneel Foyer.

In 2004 Jamie made his first attempt in making ice sculpture during an International competition in Finland and won first prize. He is involved with making the famous Ice Hotel in Finland that has to be re-built each year.

Jamie said that ice sculptures are made from crystal clear blocks of ice that are carved with chainsaws to make the basic shape and then razor sharp chisels to make the details.

“They last for as long as the temperature in below zero, and eventually melt away creating wonderful shapes as they do so,” he said.

The live carve on November 30 will start around 11am and will finish around 3pm. It will be available to view for the rest of the evening, and depending on weather conditions will still be there over the next few days.

November 30 events in the town will also feature cookery demonstrations, food photography, special local menus, a book signing with Jo Macsween, the switch-on of the annual festive lights display, a parade led by a pipe band, and a mass participation ceilidh.

(pic by Thomas Wood and SIYE Halifax)