Northampton Saints star, MP and political rival feature in this year’s Strictly Northampton 2014

It’s back! Strictly Northampton returns for it fifth year, putting another 16 contestants in the spotlight and raising thousands of pounds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Our line-up this year is another great collection of people from Northampton willing to take themselves out of their comfort zone, learn new skills and, most importantly, support a great local charity.

Paul Diggin

Paul Diggin

The show, which this year is sponsored by Aspers Casino, takes place at Royal & Derngate on Saturday, November 22. Tickets are now on sale by calling 01604 624811 or by logging on to

Produced in association with the University of Northampton, Strictly Northampton has raised more than £100,000 for charity.

This year’s contestants are:

Victor Agboola - President of the Student Union at the University of Northampton

Paul Diggin - Former Northampton Saints rugby player

Michael Ellis - Conservative MP for Northampton North

Bruce Green - Entrpreneurial chemist,

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)

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

Chronicle & Echo editor, David Summers, said: “We are so grateful to everyone involved in Strictly Northampton. It has become a real highlight on the entertainment calendar and plays to sell-out audiences at Royal & Derngate.

“It is a fantastic night and everyone should be very proud of how much has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cynthia Spencer Hospice over the past four years.

“Everyone who takes part in the show gives a considerable amount of their own time to rehearsals and raising money. It is a great experience and one they will never forget,” he added.

All the contestants are paired with a semi-professional dancer from the Step By Step Dance School, in Henry Street, Northampton.

Dance school founder, Andrzej Mialkowski, said it was always great to see the new contestants take their first steps.

“The celebrities are always a little bit nervous at the beginning, but they soon discover a love for dancing... and we will be with them every step of the way.

“Strictly Northampton is a fantastic event and we are proud to produce the show for the fifth time.”

The show is hosted by BBC Northampton’s John Griff, who presents the weekday afternoon show on the station.

John said: “I am delighted to be hosting the event for the third year.

“I think Strictly Northampton really brings out the performances in those that take on the competition and probably takes them out of their comfort zones as well. I am sure the standard will be as high as previous years and I can’t wait to see what stunning performances the showdances will deliver.”