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Dumfries celebrate ice hockey success

The under 21 world championship ended on Sunday Credit: ITV News

Dumfries is celebrating after a successful ice hockey championship.

The under 21 world championship, which was held at the Dumfries Ice Bowl ended on Sunday.

Over a £100,000 was put into the local economy through accommodation alone, for the competing nations and their support staff.

World Championships a great success

The Ice Hockey World Championships taking place in Dumfries all this week are proving a huge success, according to organisers.

Hundreds of spectators have come to cheer on Great Britain's Under 20 team in their first two games.

Ryan Dollard has been at the Ice Bowl this afternoon to see how the sport has captured the imagination amongst locals.


Stanley Cup arrives in Dumfries

The Stanley Cup Credit: ITV News

Hockey's world famous 'The Stanley Cup' trophy has arrived in Dumfries.

It will take centre stage at Dumfries Ice Bowl as part of an exhibition commemorating '100 years of ice hockey in the UK' while the U20 World Championship takes place.

GB team pose with trophy Credit: ITV News

It will be on display from 12pm-5pm today, Wednesday 11 December.

Rod Stewart's ex in Dumfries for hockey champs

Rachel Hunter cheering her son Liam on Credit: Drew Geddes

Rod Stewart's ex-wife Rachel Hunter is in Dumfries to support her son Liam in a hockey tournament.

The 19-year-old is representing Great Britain in the under-20 Men's World Championship being held at the Ice Bowl.

Big smiles from the model Credit: Drew Geddes

She was supporting her son for their opening game against Italy on Monday night.

Rachel Hunter pplauding her son's efforts Credit: Drew Geddes

Team GB were beaten 4-3, but will have the chance to redeem themselves against Kazakhstan tonight.

Liam Stewart is competing for team GB Credit: Drew Geddes


Rod Stewart's son to join squad

Great Britain's youngsters training on Sunday Credit: ITV Border

The son of legendary singer Rod Stewart, Liam, is part of the squad who will compete for Great Britain next week. He was not at training today but is expected to join up with his team mates tomorrow.

His mother, Rachel Hunter, model and ex-wife of Rod Stewart has already taken to twitter to announce her intention of coming to Dumfries next week to cheer her son and the Great Britain side on in the tournament.

Council thrilled to see international sport in our region

Dumfries and Galloway Council is hoping to see the event generate a boost to the local economy and fire enthusiasm for sport among the area's young people.

This World Championship is a great opportunity for sports fans and families to come out and see what a brilliant and engrossing live sport ice hockey can be. It's important to the buzz of the tournament that Great Britain is competing, and I hope we can attract new fans to the Ice Bowl to get right behind our team. The Council is working closely with schools and driving forward a major marketing campaign to make World Championship Ice Hockey in December a must see event.

– Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Teams from around the world come to Dumfries

Great Britain Under 20s on the ice Credit: ITV Border

This will be the biggest event staged at the Ice Bowl in its 21 year history. Sides from France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine will come to Dumfries for the week long Group 1 B tournament.

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Stars of the future in action Credit: ITV Border

Large crowds are expected to see some of the most talented youngsters in the world in representative action. Great Britain will play their fixtures at 8pm each evening.

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