Northampton beauty queen putting best foot forward

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A Northampton beauty queen will put her best foot foward in a charity dance contest to raise funds for the Chron’s appeal.

Miss Northampton, Nadina Knight, will take part in Strictly Northampton, which will run at the Royal & Derngate theatre on November 24.

Miss Knight, aged 24, from Abington, will compete against 14 other contestants to support the Chronicle & Echo and Macmillan Cancer Support’s appeal to raise £1.55 million to help fund a new blood cancer unit at Northampton General Hospital.

She said: “I decided to take part as it’s a fantastic opportunity to raise money for such a good cause and really get the town involved. I’m just hoping I learn a few new dance moves, have lots of fun and raise great sums of charity money at the same time.”

Contestants include BBC weather girl Laura Tobin; fund development manager at the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Jessica Pilkington; manager of Outcast Hair Salon, Vicky Panting; owner of Fong Spa Beauty, Yin Jeune; leader of Northampton Borough Council, David Mackintosh; dog trainer, Graeme “The Dogfather” Hall; Royal & Derngate operations manager, Richard Clinton; assistant chief constable at Northamptonshire Police, Andy Frost; headteacher at Lings School, Leigh Wolmarans; founder of Far Cotton Amateur Boxing Club, John Daly; Old Northamptonians Rugby Club player, Edward St John Smythe; BBC Radio Northampton presenter, Stuart Linnell; and Barclaycard employee, Gary McMahon.

Contestants will be paired with professional dancers and attend weekly training sessions for two months with Andrzej Mialkowski, founder of the Step by Step Dance School, in Henry Street, Northampton.

The couples will perform three dances infront of the panel of judges on the night, including a cha cha, an American smooth waltz and a freestyle number, which will be a Latin and ballroom dance of the couples’ choice.