WITH less than a week to go until the big night, the contestants in the Chronicle & Echo’s Strictly Come Dancing-style dance competition have selected their outfits for the freestyle section of the show.
Many of the dancers visited The Works Fancy Dress, in Adnitt Road, Abington, Northampton, to look for outfits to complete their look for Strictly Northampton, which takes place on Saturday at Royal & Derngate.
The Works – which supplies costumes for local schools, theatre groups and individual fancy dress occasions – provided military outfits for one of the couples competing in last year’s Strictly Chron Dancing competition, and agreed to get involved again this year by lending outfits to some of the Strictly Northampton contestants for their freestyle routines.
Manager Carole Frost said the firm had been only too happy to get involved in the competition for the second year in a row.
She said: “It’s a charitable thing to be involved with and to help raise funds for.
“We felt it was a good cause to support and were happy to help by offering the costumes to hire for free.”
Carole hinted the contestants had made some interesting choices of outfit for their various freestyle routines.
She said: “Without giving anything away, people have come up with some very unusual ideas.
“I think it’s going to be a really fun event because of the costumes people have selected.”
Among the dancers visiting The Works to select their freestyle outfits were Barclaycard’s Caroline Pugh and her dance partner, Kieran Cherry.
Caroline said: “It’s been good fun to come here and look through all the rails and boxes. There’s a lot of choice but I think I’ve found the right outfit.
“I wanted something that was going to be a little bit different and I’ve found exactly what I was looking for. It’s going to be a complete transformation.
“I needed something that was going to look good under the lights, that was sparkly and yet that was robust enough to dance in.
“I’m even more excited about the show than I was now. Choosing the outfits makes it more real somehow.”
Strictly Northampton – run by the Chron, Step by Step Dance School, BBC Radio Northampton and Image magazine, and sponsored by Barclaycard – takes place at the Royal & Derngate theatre in Northampton on Saturday.
Eighteen couples will perform a waltz, jive and freestyle routine in front of judges including Strictly Come Dancing star Brian Fortuna for the chance to lift the winners’ trophy, and to raise cash for the Chron’s and Macmillan Cancer Support’s £1.55 million appeal to fund a new blood cancer treatment unit at Northampton General Hospital.