Forget Bruce, Warrington's Strictly line-up is confirmed

Warrington Guardian: Last year's team Last year's team

IT will be strictly ballroom rather than boardroom for 10 willing would-be dancers who will take to the floor all in aid of a good cause.

The line up for this year’s Strictly St Rocco’s has been announced and taking to the floor this year include a councillor, a pageant queen and a headteacher.

The competitors are Ben Dunne, principal at Penketh High School; Emma Hutchinson, business development manager at LiveWire and Culture Warrington; Kevin Walker, director at Walker Begley Accountants; Lisa Foden, marketing manager at Foden Estates; Clr David Keane; Louise Taylor, editor at Cheshire Life; Denis Stevenson, senior director at Rowlinsons Solicitors, Bethany Cammack, Miss Teen Galaxy; Lewis Shand Smith chief ombudsman at Ombudsman Services and Johanne Sutton the day unit sister at the hospice.

And they will all be competing for the glitterball trophy at the final which takes place at The Mere Golf and Country Resort on December 14 in front of an audience of 350 and face the panel of four judges.

Speaking at the launch on Tuesday about how he got involved Lewis Shand Smith said: “I was dressed as a Santa at the time when they asked me so I couldn’t say no.”

Kevin Walker added: “I was there last year and I thought it was such a great night I had to have a go.”

While Denis Stevenson agreed: “It’s a great cause so I’m only too happy to give up my time to help. And Kevin volunteered me too.”

Last year saw the first Strictly St Rocco’s, which helped raise more than £31,000 for the hospice.

And again this year the 10 amateurs will be paired up with a professional partner and undergo one-on-one training at Cadman’s School of Dance.

But the thought of dancing in front of a crowd has left most feeling nervous about the night.

Bethany Cammack said: “I don’t know how to feel about it all at the minute. I’ll wait to see how things go closer to the time.”

To register your interest in attending the night contact Lauren Tilston on 575780 or e-mail laurentilston@stroccos.org.uk . You will then be contacted in September when the tickets go on sale.

Strictly St Rocco’s 2013 champion Vicki Stockman gives her top tips for Strictly success

1. Remember your left and right. Getting it wrong can trip you up...literally unfortunately for my partner.

2. Practice, practice, practice. I practiced my steps down the supermarket aisles as they had the best space.

3. Prepare for costume dramas. My outfit tried to sabotage me by getting caught on my head.

4. Have the right fuel. Dutch courage may sound like a good idea but dancing with a clear head is a must.

5. Have fun. It is all for a good cause after all!

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