Hartlepool prepares for Strictly Come Dancing tribute

NSPCC Hartlepool charity Strictly Come Dancing couple Dave and Madeline Russon
NSPCC Hartlepool charity Strictly Come Dancing couple Dave and Madeline Russon

A MUCH-ANTICIPATED dance contest is being held this weekend – and all cash will be going to deserving children from Hartlepool.

Ten couples from the town were being sought to take part in the glitzy toe-tapping competition called Let’s Dance, which is a spin-off of the popular BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing hosted by celebrities Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly.

The fun but competitive event is to raise money for the Hartlepool branch of the National Society for the Protection of Children (NSPCC), so all cash will be given directly to needy town youngsters.

And the glittering event is being held at The Borough Hall, on the Headland in Hartlepool on Friday night.

The 10 pairs, who have had either no, or very little, dancing experience between them, were found and they agreed to take part.

And since they gave the nod, they have been practicing their moves with the help of town dance teacher Carol Hammond, who has a dance studio in Dalton Street, for the past few months.

They have all given up their spare time to learn the steps, just like in the actual televised celebrity show.

Some have even taken to practicing moves in the office or in the front room at home.

Organiser Jane Starling said: “We’ve had a dress rehearsal and I was overwhelmed to see how good they all looked and how talented they all are.

“There was lots of nerves but they’re ready for Friday. It promises to be a great night for the audience.”

The contest will see the talented 10 get whittled down to three finalists, voted for by a panel of judges and the audience. The trio of pairs will then perform in a dance off, before the winning couple are crowned.

The committee hopes the competition will raise £10,000 for the NSPCC through sponsorship and ticket sales, with each couple expected to raise £1,000 in sponsorship. Anyone who would like to donate can telephone the NSPCC on 02078252505.