Hartlepool couples sought for Strictly Come Dancing spin-off

Hartlepool's Borough Hall to host Hartlepool Come Dancing event.'Front from left Jane Starling (NSPCC) and Hall manger Jackie Sullivan.'Back from left NSPCC Julia Patterson, Kate Peacock, Hall staff Connor Gallaghan and NSPCC Sandra McCall
Hartlepool's Borough Hall to host Hartlepool Come Dancing event.'Front from left Jane Starling (NSPCC) and Hall manger Jackie Sullivan.'Back from left NSPCC Julia Patterson, Kate Peacock, Hall staff Connor Gallaghan and NSPCC Sandra McCall
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TEN couples from Hartlepool are being sought to take part in a glitzy toe-tapping competition.

The contest, called Let’s Dance and is a spin-off of the popular BBC show Strictly Come Dancing hosted by celebrities Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, is to raise money for the National Society for the Protection of Children (NSPCC).

Hartlepool's Borough Hall is to host the Let's Dance event. Front from left Jane Starling (NSPCC) and Hall manger Jackie Sullivan. Back from left NSPCC Julia Patterson, Kate Peacock, Hall staff Connor Gallaghan and NSPCC Sandra McCall

Hartlepool's Borough Hall is to host the Let's Dance event. Front from left Jane Starling (NSPCC) and Hall manger Jackie Sullivan. Back from left NSPCC Julia Patterson, Kate Peacock, Hall staff Connor Gallaghan and NSPCC Sandra McCall

And organisers are seeking out 10 town couples to sign up for the challenge.

The dancing novices – who must be aged over 18 – will be coached over 12 weeks by local professional dancers to compete in the sparkling final on March 13 next year the Borough Hall, on The Headland, in Hartlepool.

Each couple will learn and perform one ballroom style dance, chosen by them and their teachers.

Three finalists, voted for by a panel of judges and the audience will then perform in a dance off, before the winning couple are crowned.

The event is being organised by the NSPCC Hartlepool Committee.

Jane Starling, treasurer for the committee, said: “We’re looking for real novices from all walks of life to sign up and take part.

“We’d love to see some prominent community figures getting their dancing shoes on and raising money to help children.

“Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn to dance, but you’ve never had the chance – here’s the perfect opportunity to have some lessons and enjoy yourself while helping a good cause.”

The committee hopes the competition will raise £10,000 for the NSPCC through sponsorship and ticket sales and each couple is expected to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship.

If you would like to sign up for Let’s Dance, please contact starlij@hotmail.co.uk.

Nihad Ehić, NSPCC community fundraising manager for the North East, said: “I am thrilled to be able to announce our upcoming dancing competition and would like to thank the Hartlepool Committee for organising what I’m sure will be a wonderful event.

“This is the first time we’ve held a competition like this in Hartlepool and I’m sure there are lots of aspiring dancers out there who would love to sign up.

“This is going to be a very glamorous and glitzy affair and I hope the people of Hartlepool will really get behind it and help the committee raise much needed funds for NSPCC.”

Tickets for the final are priced at £12, with details of how to buy them announced nearer the time.