To choose a Durham Fire and Ice local hero, the festival ran a public vote for who people would like to see commemorated in ice.

The winner of the Fire and Ice vote would have their features permanently (well, until it melted after a few hours) recreated in ice. The work would be carried out by Glacial Arts, which is the same team that is behind a lot of the work on the set of popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Durham BID - which is behind the Fire and Ice festival, announced that the Durham Fire and Ice local hero winner for 2019 was - or rather were - much-loved Geordie duo Ant and Dec. They'll now have their head and shoulders recreated in ice.

Read more: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Durham Fire and Ice Festival

The Durham Fire and Ice local hero sculpture of Ant and Dec will be placed at the peninsular end of Elvet Bridge after they won with 56% of the vote.

Other contenders to have their faces featured in ice were Paralympians Josef Craig and Jade Jones, Alan Shearer, Denise Robertson, and Scarlett Moffatt.

Durham Fire and Ice 2019 returns to the city for the fourth year running after the success of previous events, which drew thousands of people into the centre of Durham. Durham BID (Business Improvement District) also hopes that it will help to boost trade for Durham's shops and cafes too.

The Durham Fire and Ice 2019 theme is Heroes and Villains; most of the 10 sculptures are comic book or film characters but Ant and Dec will join Northumberland lifeboat rescuer Grace Darling and a firefighter sculpture as the real life heroes.

Previous Fire and Ice festival themes included Polar Exploration as well as Myths and Legends, and visitors have enjoyed sculptures including Paddington Bear, the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz and Shakespeare.

Feature image credit: Durham BID