DISCO divas are being invited to get their skates on for a dance event with a difference.

Evenings of Seventies music are being staged every Thursday, at the ice rink in Middlesbrough's Victoria Gardens.

And those behind the event say it is the ideal choice for an unusual Christmas party.

Bruce Edwards, a Magic radio presenter, and the Seventies night DJ, said: "We've all been to Seventies nights in clubs but this is something really different.

"You don't have to be an expert skater, we just want as many people as possible to get dressed up and come along and have a go."

Chris Robson, Middlesbrough Borough Council's commissioner for sport and culture, said: "We want everyone to come down to the rink to experience the thrill of skating outdoors and what could be better than skating round to some great music at the same time?"

The disco night takes place from 7pm to 10pm.