Tag Archives: ice-skating

The Dancing Donnellys

Plot

Canadians Jane and Joe Donnelly have been brought up in a strictly-run sect, The Children of Carona. They have to get special dispensation from their sect to pursue ice-skating careers. Then disaster strikes when Joe’s sight begins to fail, and the beliefs of their sect forbid him from seeking treatment. Their trainer, Myra Calvert, investigates the sect, and discovers it is being run by racketeers – who are now out to kill the Donnellys.

dancing donnellys

Notes

  • Artist: Matías Alonso
  • Reprinted and translated to Dutch as “De Donnellys ” – Debbie (Holco Publications, 1976 series) #2 (“Debbie’s groot verhalenboek”).

Appeared

  • The Dancing Donnellys – Bunty: #876 (26 October 1974) –  #889 (25 January 1975)

Tina and the Touring Ice-Show

Plot:

Fifteen-year old Tina Westlake is in the chorus of “Fantasy on Ice”, a touring ice-show. At Torbury, Pat, the leading skater, completes her contract and leaves to join a show, going to the Far East. At the railway station, the cast watch her setting out on the  first part of her journey. Tina touring ice show

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Tina and the Touring Ice-Show – Judy:  #211 (25 January 25 1964) – #221 (4 April 1964)

 

Vicky on Skates / Belinda Born to Skate

Plot

Vicky Rodgers (Belinda Rodgers in reprint) lives in Swanton with her stepmother.  Her father is abroad. Her stepsister, Noreen, is a jealous and spiteful girl. Vicky cherishes an ambition to be a champion skater and when Miss Deanna Roberts, invalid niece of Lady Barlow, sees Vicky skating, she offers to make her into a champion and train her on the frozen pond in the grounds of the manor. Vicky is mystified by Miss Roberts’ knowledge of skating, but is delighted when the invalid presents her with a special pair of figure skates as a reword for a service she has done. [This was reprinted as Belinda Born to Skate with new art in Emma]

Vicky returns in Vicky in Switzerland where she has been entered for a Swiss competition—The Marshall Trophy—by her coach, Miss Roberts. When Vicky and Miss Roberts reach St Segeberg, the scene of the contest, they meet a rich American girl, Lorna Starr, who talks as if the trophy were already hers. While Miss Roberts is in hospital, Vicky and Lorna are invited to give an exhibition in the small town of Reeso. Lorna deceives Vicky into catching the wrong train and Vicky is stranded miles from Reeso. However, Vicky gets a “lift” in a sleigh and reaches the rink in the nick of time.

In Vicky’s Ice Show,  Vicky and Miss  Roberts, decide to stage an ice show at Cheamsford Ice Rink in an effort to save the rink, which will be closed down unless it shows a profit. George Haywood, a local businessman, has secretly paid Kyra Kenton, a skating star, and Goddard, the rink porter, to make sure that the rink closes, as he wants the land on which the rink stands to build offices. On orders from Haywood, Goddard is busy putting a cunning plot into action.

Vicky on skate
Vicky on Skates
belinda must skate
Belinda Born to Skate – Art: Carlos Freixas

Notes

  • Vicky on Skates reprinted as Belinda Born to Skate in Emma
  • Artist:  Carlos Freixas [Belinda Born to Skate]

Appeared

  • Vicky on Skates  – Judy:  #90 (30 September 1961) – #108 (03 February 1962)
  • Reprinted – Judy: #1053 (15 March 1980) – #1063 (24 May 1980)
  • Reprinted as Belinda Born to Skate –  Emma:  #66 (26 May 1979)  – #80 (01 September 1979)
  • Vicky in Switzerland – Judy: #119 (21 March 1962)  – #130 (07 July 1962)
  • Vicky’s Ice Show – Judy: #158 (19 January 1963) – #168 (30 March 1963)

Other Appearances:

  • Vicky and the Dream Dress  – Judy Annual 1964

Wendy on Ice

Plot

Wendy Lake is new to skating but showing great promise, she joins the Workingham Team. Another skater Gloria was trying to turn the team against her, like telling them that Wendy deliberately caused another skater to have an accident.

wendy on ice

Notes

  • Text story

Appeared

  • Wendy on Ice – Judy:  #64 (01 April 1961) – #78 (08 July 1961)

 

The Story of the Silver Skates

Plot:

In Holland, Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel want to compete in December’s great ice skating race on the canal and have a chance of winning the precious prize of silver skates.  Their father is very ill and Hans and Gretel have to work hard  to support the family.

silver skates

Notes:

  • An adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge novel.

Appeared:

  • The Story Of The Silver Skates –  Bunty:   (?) – #109 (13 Feb 1960)