Charities waltz off with £32,000 thanks to dance event

Co-producers Julia Williams and Granville Orange.

Annual dance spectacular Strictly Worcestershire has raised £32,000 for county charities St Richard’s Hospice and Rory the Robot Appeal.

Winners of the glittering contest at the Chateau Impney in Droitwich on Thursday, May 24 were Dawn Owen and Gareth Keyte, whose rumba and quickstep routines wowed the judging panel comprising Lord Digby Jones, broadcaster Bob Warman, dancer/choreographer Katie Love and choreographer Jennifer Bennett Price.

The couple’s success in a tense dance off with audience vote winners Amanda and Tim Whale was a remarkable achievement as Dawn broke her left arm during a rehearsal session fall just 12 days before the event.

Tied in third place were Jackie and Jim Harvey and Abi and Mark Williams.   

2018 champions Gareth Keyte and Dawn Owen.

The total raised via ticket sales and fund-raising on the night was further boosted by a £10,000 donation by Worcestershire Ambassadors, who will take over the running of the show in 2019 and are looking for contestants.     

Sponsored by drp and A1 Recruitment Solutions, the event saw seven contestant couples strut their stuff in a bid to lift the prized glitterball trophy. Alan Dedicoat, the voice of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars in the USA, was the announcer and MC was BBC Hereford and Worcester presenter Elliott Webb.  

To open the evening, the Supreme Showgirls performed a routine to There’s No Business Like Show Business and 2017 champions Fiona Watson and Jon Bell reprised their victorious American smooth.

Co-producer Julia Williams said: “The tireless efforts of our dancers and support from sponsors and volunteers have combined to create a truly memorable evening. The standard of dancing gets better every year and continues to astound the audience and judges alike.”  

Strictly Worcestershire 2018 received extensive media coverage courtesy of BBC Hereford and Worcester, Worcester News, Worcester Observer, Droitwich Spa Advertiser, Bromsgrove Advertiser, Bromsgrove Standard, Droitwich Standard, Living Magazine, Business and Innovation Magazine and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce website.

Photos by FT Images.