Jonathan stays cool under pressure to win

Jonathan Lloyd in action at the London Ice Sculpting Festival.
Jonathan Lloyd in action at the London Ice Sculpting Festival.

A north Northumberland ice sculptor and his teammate beat competitors from around the world to take a prestigious title.

Jonathan Lloyd, from Wooler, and his partner Piers Griffin, made up the UK team that won the 10-hour doubles competition with their sculpture of Icarus at the fifth London Ice Sculpting Festival.

Jonathan said: “A UK win in such a fiercely-contested competition is no mean feat, especially up against the USA who work so cleanly and with such great technical experience.”

Designs were submitted back in November and at the event each team is given a two-metre block of ice weighing two tonnes.

Carol Cordrey, the founder of the London Ice Sculpting Festival, said: “The UK team of Jonathan Lloyd and Piers Griffin should feel especially proud to have won the festival’s major challenge, the 2m Doubles Competition, with such a skillful and innovative interpretation of the theme, The Wonders of the Universe, which instantly impressed the entire judging panel.”

Jonathan trained as a painter before getting into ice carving in 1996. After a break from 2004 onwards, he returned in 2011 to compete.

From March 30, he is hosting an art exhibition at the Berwick Watchtower.