Strictly Corby raises £16,000 for Lakelands

Scott Garden and Shelley Davies
Scott Garden and Shelley Davies
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Another sell-out crowd cheered on 10 amateur celebrity dancers and their professional partners at the second Strictly Corby Dancing.

More than 400 people packed into the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel to show their support for the brave celebrities who had spent hours practising their steps, and for Lakelands Hospice. A fantastic £16,000 was raised.

The overall winner was Amanda Marlow, of Tollers Solicitors, and her partner Anthony Bazin. The runners-up were Scott Garden, of Tata Steel, and his partner Shelley Davis. Amanda said: “It was an amazing experience and although I was very nervous I’m proud to have helped raise so much money.”

Scott and Shelley got full marks for their showpiece dance to win the Best Show Dance title.

Scott said: “It was an absolutely amazing night and a totally unreal situation for most of us. I couldn’t believe the noise.

“My nerves didn’t disappear until I’d finished the final dance. I was still on a real adrenaline high the next day.”

In third place were Andy McAllister and his partner Lisa Tartaglia, while Des Barber, of Corby Radio, and his partner Marye Simmons won the Spirit of Strictly award, which is given to the person who has gained the most from the Strictly Corby experience.

Shelley Davies, who owns MaShdance school of dancing which provided all the professional dancers, said: “It was a fantastic evening, all the dancers were superb, which reflected all the hard work they had put in. It took up a lot of time for everyone.”

Lakelands community fundraiser Paul Marlow said: “The event was a huge success. I’d like to thank Shelley and her team and everyone else involved who helped raise such a fantastic amount. It’s always humbling how the people of Corby get behind their local hospice. This will make such a difference to the patients.”

The other celebrities taking part were Debbie Deathridge, Lila Docherty, Gill Russell, Karen Harewood, Paul Marlow and Jeremy Earl.

The professional dancers were Charles Kruger, Bruce Ayliffe, Liz Rogers, Mel Garlick, Dennis Smart and Stacey Hewett.

Work is under way for next year’s event and Paul is looking for volunteer dancers. If anyone would like to be involved they can contact him at the hospice.