Derg on the dancefloor

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Launching Strictly Hollywood Comes West are Ruby Rankin, Dot McMahon, Kenzie McMahon, Harry McCanney, Roberta Brownlee, Winnie Lyttle, Gillian Baxter, Margaret Cummings and Morris Brown.

STRICTLY fever is starting to take a grip in Castlederg as the countdown to a major charity dancing competition gathers pace.
On May 20, Silverdale Care Home in Castlederg will host their own glitzy version of the popular TV show – Strictly Hollywood Comes West – at the Mellon Country Hotel.
Already, 16 couples have signed up for the nerve-jangling challenge of dancing on stage in front of hundreds of people. And many of them have limited experience of dancing, to say the least.
But as the old adage goes – practice makes perfect.
“They are all rehearsing very hard on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and they are making great progress,” said Dr Morris Brown one of the organisers of the Strictly event. “Some of the couples have competed in other Strictly events, while there are others who have not danced at all before, but that’s what it is all about, a real mixture of skills and experience and it should all make for great entertainment.
“We have dancers from here in Castlederg, Killeter, Killen, Omagh and from Fermanagh. Sometimes you find that people who haven’t danced before, turn out to be the best, they have a talent that didn’t know about.”
The competition has already generated major interest since the launch of the event a number of weeks ago.
“Yes, we are hoping for a big turnout. The Mellon Country Hotel can cater for more than 600 people, and we hope to fill the place on the night.
“We have some familiar well-known faces who will be taking to the stage on the night and a number of local people you wouldn’t expect to see on a dancing stage,” Dr Brown said.
Strictly Hollywood Comes West will raise funds for three very worthy causes. Ambassadors Football which is a worldwide Christian Charity Organisation that exists to bring hope to the needy and disadvantaged through football. A Multiple Sclerosis charity and a Parkinson’s charity will also benefit.
Dr Brown added, “I would just like to say that the support of the community has been really good so far and I would also like to thank to all the local companies who have come forward to offer their backing.”
With such a diverse range of talent hitting the dancefloor, the audience is assured of plenty of thrills, a few spills and lots of laughs.
Tickets will be available in local shops.

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