Ice dancing siblings forced to hang up their skates

Ice heroes: John and Sinead Kerr were great ambassadors
Ice heroes: John and Sinead Kerr were great ambassadors© Caroline Paré

Scotland's greatest ice dancers, siblings Sinead and John Kerr, have been forced to hang up their skates.

They announced their retirement after a shoulder injury ruled Sinead out of next month's World Championships in Moscow. 

The Livingston-born pair's dynamic routines and tartan costumes made them crowd favourites across the world,

And their seven British titles was matched only by England's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, even if the Kerrs never reached the same level of fame.

They also won bronze at the European Championships in both 2009 and 2011 and finished fifth in last year's World Championships.

Gutted Sinead, 32, told the Herald: "It's disappointing we have had to retire in these circumstances, but when we came off the ice at the Europeans in Berne, we turned to each other and said 'if this is our final performance, it's a pretty good way to bow out'.

"The crowds were cheering us on - they have always been terrific, wherever we have competed, and we have lots of great memories. These last few years have been fantastic."

Sinead said she and John, 30, are considering a move into broadcasting - possibly as judges on Dancing on Ice.

She said: "I never really wanted to take part in the programme, but being a judge would be something else."

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