It’s like an ice rink out there! Teenager, 13, ice skates for the first time in a year after road freezes over outside her Glasgow home

  • Demi Lang, 13, was left gutted when lockdown put paid to her lessons last March 
  • Plunging temperatures froze the road outside her home in Motherwell, Glasgow
  • Her mother Laura Lang, 33, said Demi has been left ‘ecstatic’ with new ‘rink’

A teenage ice skating enthusiast has trained for the first time since lockdown after using her frozen street as a makeshift rink.

Demi Lang, 13, was gutted when lockdown put paid to her lessons last March and has been itching to pull her skates back on ever since.

So when plunging temperatures frosted the road outside her home in Motherwell, Glasgow, on Monday, she seized the opportunity to take to the ice.  

Teenage ice skating enthusiast Demi Lang (pictured with mother Laura) has trained for the first time since lockdown after using her frozen street as a makeshift rink

Demi Lang, 13, was left gutted when lockdown put paid to her lessons last March and has been itching to pull her skates back on ever since

Her mother Laura Lang, 33, explained: ‘When she realised how slippery it was she almost had a lightbulb moment and asked did I think she could put her skates on.

‘I said give it a try and that was that. She went out, it worked and she started screaming “I can skate, I can skate”.

‘I can’t get her back in now. I’m praying the ice doesn’t melt because she’s so happy. It’s like the embodiment of when life gives you lemons.’

The support worker said that Demi has been going stir crazy during the pandemic and that finally being able to practice her spins has buoyed her spirits.

‘Demi is absolutely ecstatic,’ she said. ‘I have to scrape her off the ceiling when she does actually come back into the house.’


When plunging temperatures frosted the road outside her home in Motherwell, Glasgow, on Monday, she seized the opportunity to take to the ice 

Ms Lang said Demi took to skating after beginning lessons just over two years ago

Ms Lang said Demi took to skating after beginning lessons just over two years ago but was dismayed when coronavirus restrictions meant rinks had to shut.

She said: ‘She started skating at the end of 2018. She had really got into the lessons and was devastated when they had to close for lockdown.

‘She’s really athletic, she does gymnastics and dancing, but ice skating is definitely her favourite one.

‘We thought she was going to go back in November but then lockdown struck again. She’s really missed it.’ 

Ms Lang, who gave birth to her second daughter Hallie in August 2020, has been wary about going for walks for fear she may slip. 

The support worker said that Demi has been going stir crazy during the pandemic and that finally being able to practice her spins has buoyed her spirits

Laura said: ‘Demi kept asking if we could go for a walk just to get out and about but I told her we physically couldn’t get out of our path because of how slippery it was.

‘I had gone out in the morning to reach the postman and slipped on the top step. Having just given birth in August it is too dangerous for me.

‘She decided to check for herself but instantly slipped in her shoes and came straight back in.

‘We live on a cul-de-sac so it doesn’t get gritted. Our neighbours were going to scrape it off but when they saw how much fun Demi was having they decided to leave it.

‘It really cheered them up and they’ve been watching her from their windows.. There’s only five houses in the road so it’s made a proper ice rink for her.’

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