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David Seaman and Frankie Poultney at Eastwell Manor, Ashford

By Aidan Barlow

An England and Arsenal legend looked assured on his feet as he joined other celebrities at the launch of a seasonal ice rink.

David Seaman was invited to Eastwell Manor Hotel near Ashford along with his wife Frankie Poultney, who is herself a professional ice skater.

The hotel, which was taken over by Champneys in October last year, is hosting the ice rink for the public until Tuesday, January 2.

Ice skater Frankie Poultney with her husband ex-Arsenal goalie David Seaman at Eastwell Manor

Champneys owner Stephen Purdew said: “It was great to see David and Frankie take to the ice once again to give a fantastic display for guests attending the launch of our ice rink here at Eastwell Manor.”

David and Frankie were joined by other celebs including model and television presenter Nancy Sorrell with her husband, the comedian Vic Reeves.

Vic Reeves, wife Nancy Sorrell and family attend the official opening of the new ice rink at Eastwell Manor – A Champneys Spa Hotel.

Meanwhile television presenter Claire Sweeney was also among those enjoying the comforts at the official launch event last night.

Claire Sweeney also attended the event.

The hotel has become a winter wonderland, after an old drawing was discovered which appeared to show Queen Victoria skating on the ice at the estate 150 years ago.

David and Frankie wowed the crowds with their moves, as David showed he still had a safe pair of hands before greeting fans with high fives.

Safe hands. David Seaman and wife Frankie Poultney
Frankie and David meeting their fans at Eastwell Manor

They also posed for a photograph with Ashford Mayor Cllr Winston Michael.

David Seaman (right) with his wife Frankie Poultney (left) met Ashford Mayor Winston Michael.

Champneys business development manager Alison Wallis added: “We have a winter wonderland here, with our reindeer Razzle and Dazzle and our ice rink.

“We have already taken bookings for thousands of skaters, and guests can also enjoy breakfasts and teas, spa days, or a stay in the luxury hotel.”

For more information about visiting the hotel visit www.champneys.com/eastwell-manor or call 01233 213000.

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