Strictly speaking ballroom’s back

THE glitter balls and sparkling outfits of Strictly Come Dancing are set to return to Corby this autumn.

Lakelands Hospice is set to hold its version of the hit BBC television show again after the huge success of the inaugural event in 2011.

The event at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel last October raised more than £11,000 for the hospice’s work, and tickets were in huge demand.

This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 19.

Once again, 10 professional dancers will be paired up with 10 local “celebrities” and spend the summer learning ballroom routines, raising sponsorship as they go.

Text voting will be set up and people will be able to watch clips of the dancers on YouTube throughout the evening.

The professionals are again being provided by the MaSh Dance school, which holds classes in the Kettering and Corby area.

Shelley Davis, who runs the dance school with mum Marye Simmonds, said: “It will be all the same professionals as last time apart from one.

“I’m excited about it. We are going to make a couple of changes to the format and we want to raise a lot of money again.”

Lakelands Hospice founder Vic Hardy said: “We’re hoping to build on last year and I am sure we will be able to repeat it.

“In these economic times we know there are difficult times ahead, as with every charity. But hopefully we will achieve the same level of support as last year.”

Evening Telegraph reporter Ian Gallagher, who took part in last year’s event, said: “Strictly Corby was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever taken part in and it raised loads of money for a fantastic cause.

“Tickets sold like hotcakes. I’m sure it will be just as successful this year and all of the participants will have a great time.”