AN 83-YEAR-OLD speed skater was among those taking to the ice at a reunion.

Alan Turtle was asked to go to Norway to train for the 1948 Winter Olympics but said no as he did not want to lose his place on an apprenticeship.

He was among around 200 who skated again recently at the BIC as part of a reunion for those who used to enjoy Bournemouth’s Westover Ice Rink. The reunion led to renewed calls for a new ice rink to be provided in the town. Hundreds have signed a petition on the issue.