Strictly Corby dancers hope to waltz off with votes

Entrants Des Barber from Corby Radio and Lisa Tartaglia
Entrants Des Barber from Corby Radio and Lisa Tartaglia
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An event which captured the public’s imagination and raised thousands of pounds for a hospice is only days away from its eagerly anticipated return.

Tickets for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, Corby-style, have sold out already and the organisers are hoping it will beat last year’s event, which raised £11,000 for Lakelands Hospice.

Just as in the BBC show, 10 “celebrities” are paired with a professional dancer and spend hours perfecting their routine before performing in front of an audience of hundreds, who then vote for their favourite.

Debbie Deathridge is one of the celebrities taking part this year. She said: “I’ve done charity events for Lakelands before because I think it is such a worthy cause so when they approached me to take part in Strictly I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

“I can’t dance at all, but I love it and I never thought I would. It’s hard work and lots of hours, I’m doing about seven or eight hours a week, but it’s great. My partner Charles Kruger, from MaSh, is so patient.

“I’m really nervous and excited about the night. I don’t care where I come so long as I don’t fall over. I just want to help Lakelands raise as much as possible.”

Professional dancer Lisa Tartaglia is defending her title this year with new partner Andy McAllister, a health and safety inspector for iForce. She said: “Having won last year I definitely wanted to do it again this year and it’s always nice to do charity events.

“I just need to bring Andy out of his shell, our show dance is pretty wild.”

All the dancers are sponsored and people will be able to vote for their favourites on the night. The “dance-off” will take place at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel on Friday, October 19.

The other celebrities 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, credit controller Lila Docherty and Gill Russell, both of RS Components, Karen Harewood of The Prince’s Trust and Jeremy Earl of H&T pawnbrokers.

Although tickets for the event have sold out, you can follow the event on Twitter and Facebook. Go to www.lakelandshospice.org.uk for details.