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Mills 'glad to be an inspiration'

Heather Mills has been frozen out of Dancing on Ice but took comfort in knowing she had inspired disabled children to take to the rink.

The former wife of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney lost out to Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson after the pair faced the skate-off, having received the least public support.

Judges said the decision "couldn't be closer" and praised both for the progress they had made over recent weeks. But the panel opted four to one in favour of giving Richardson another chance.

Mills appeared resigned to her fate even before completing the final icy dance, telling host Phillip Schofield that she thought she was "on the way" out of the competition.

But she appeared pleased that despite her own difficulties her performances had given encouragement to others.

"I'm so excited that all the kids that have lost limbs are now going out to skate," she said.

Mills and Richardson faced the dance-off despite not receiving the lowest mark in the main competition.

That dubious honour went to GMTV medical man Dr Hilary Jones. He received 11.5 points after a jittery performance to Savage Garden's Truly Madly Deeply.

But some of the judges said it was a more solid skate than had been seen in previous weeks.

Actress Hayley Tamaddon received the highest marks of the evening with an eventful performance to Lady Gaga's Just Dance.

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