Two new contestants have joined the line-up of this year’s Strictly Northampton show, with ticket sales already topping 550 in the first week.
The show, sponsored by Aspers, takes places at Royal & Derngate on Saturday, November 22.
Last week, the Chron and BBC Northampton announced this year’s contestants for the show, which is produced in association with the University of Northampton. Eagle-eyed readers and listeners will have noticed there were only 15 contestants.
We can now announce that Charlotte Coade, a 24-year-old teacher at Simon de Senlis Primary School in Northampton, has filled the last place on the show.
The Year 6 teacher says that despite ballet and jazz classes as a child, she has not hit the dance floor for years.
“I think it will definitely be a challenge, but I’m really looking forward to dusting off the dancing shoes and getting started.
“I was also especially attracted to the charity aspect of it as my family do have some involvement with Cynthia Spencer and the work they do there is fantastic and so important.”
Meanwhile, former GB trampolinist Steve Walsh has been forced to pull out of the event after damaging his ankle ligaments. It means he will be in a boot for the next six to eight weeks, before going into rehabilitation.
“I’m gutted to have had to pull out of Strictly before I even got the chance to start,” he said. “It’s a fantastic event that brings people of Northampton together for a fantastic cause and one that I was very much looking forward to contributing to.
“While it’s frustrating, there’s not much choice if I want my ankle to recover properly, so I’ll just have to accept it. I’m sure I’ll be in the audience willing the other guys on and scouting out what it takes to win it next year!”
Stepping in to his place is Cargin Moss, of the Cargin Moss Black Belt Academy.
Having missed the chance to take part last year, the 52-year-old, from Little Billing, Northampton, was delighted to have the opportunity to get involved this time.
He said: “It should be a lot of fun and I’m really up for it.
“Me and my sister used to do ballroom dancing when we were little and lived in South London because our mum loved it, but then we moved to Northampton and gave it up.
“I imagine it will be quite a different experience now.”
All the profits from the show go to Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Last year’s show raised an amazing £42,000 and organisers are hoping to beat that figure this year. Tickets are already selling quickly.
For details, visit www. royalandderngate.co.uk or call 01604 624811.
The line-up for this year’s Strictly Northampton show on Saturday, November 22 is:
Victor Agboola - President of the Student Union at the University of Northampton, our associate sponsors
Paul Diggin - Former Northampton Saints rugby player
Michael Ellis - Conservative MP for Northampton North
Bruce Green - Entrepreneurial chemist
Cargin Moss - Owner, Cargin Moss Black Belt Academy
Rob Simpson - A&E Consultant from Northampton
Steve Wright - Owner of Papa Cino’s restaurant
Heather Brown - Mum of three (including two Junior Strictly contestants)
Charlotte Coade - Year 6 teacher at Simon de Senlis Primary School in Northampton
Hayley Cole - Representing our charity, Cynthia Spencer Hospice
Francesca Gosling - Reporter with the Chronicle & Echo
Abbey Gyles - Miss Northampton 2014
Sally Keeble - Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Labour, for Northampton North
Tamara Lewis - Outcast Hair Salon
Wendy Taylor - Representing our headline sponsor, Aspers