It’s sequins and glitter balls as strictly returns

Marye Simmonds, Des Barber (Corby Radio), Amanda Marlow (Tollers), Bruce Ayliffe, Stacey Hewett, Anthony Bazin, Liz Rogers, Paul Marlow (Lakelands), Lisa Tartaglia Andy MacAllister I Force), Lila Docherty, Charles Kruger, Shelley Davis, Scott Garden (Tata Steel) and Bonnie the dog

Marye Simmonds, Des Barber (Corby Radio), Amanda Marlow (Tollers), Bruce Ayliffe, Stacey Hewett, Anthony Bazin, Liz Rogers, Paul Marlow (Lakelands), Lisa Tartaglia Andy MacAllister I Force), Lila Docherty, Charles Kruger, Shelley Davis, Scott Garden (Tata Steel) and Bonnie the dog

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Would-be dancers are ready to trip the light fantastic as Corby’s version of Strictly Come Dancing returns to raise money for Lakelands Hospice.

Last year the event raised £11,000 for the hospice in Butland Road and it is hoped local celebrities and professional dancers from MaSh Dance School can top that this time.

Corby’s answer to the hit BBC television show will take place at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel on Friday, October 10.

At the weekend dancers and volunteers met to start months of preparation to perfect their ballroom dance routines.

Those who have already signed up to take part are Corby Radio’s Des Barber, Tata Steel mill inspector Scott Garden, solicitor Amanda Marlow and her husband Paul, who is community fundaiser for Lakelands, iForce health and safety inspector Andy McAllister, Debbie Deathridge of the Fitness Factory health studio and gym in Corby, credit controller Lila Docherty and Gill Russell, both of RS Components.

Mr Marlow said: “It was a brilliant event last year and this will be too. We’re sticking to the same formula. Our celebrities will now pair up with the professional dancers and spend the rest of the summer learning how to ballroom dance.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves last time and we know it will be as much fun this time.”

Once again, the professional dancers and volunteers will spend weeks learning the waltz, cha-cha-cha and a show dance.

Shelley Davis, who runs MaSh Dance School with her mum Marye Simmonds, said: “For the next three months the celebrities will spend at least two hours a week learning their dances.

“Everyone had a great time last year and some of them went on to take ballroom dancing exams and were highly commended.

“It was a terrific success and we’re hoping to make it even better this time.”

All the dancers will be sponsored and people who attend the show will be able to vote for their favourites on the night.

MaSh Dance School holds classes in the Kettering, Corby and Islip. More details are available by visiting www.mashdance.co.uk or by telephoning 01536 504486.