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Get ready for the dance of the decade

Dancers pictured in final rehearsals ahead of the big 10th anniversary Strictly by M Dancin’ night at St Pat’s Hall. The performances will take place on December 1 and December 2. DR30

There are just a matter of weeks to go until the biggest Strictly event Strabane has ever witnessed bursts on to the dancefloor at St Pat’s Hall

Masters of producing glitzy extravaganzas Strictly by M Dancin’ are currently putting the finishing touches to their tenth anniversary show – and it certainly promises to be a good one.

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It all began back in 2008 when a one-off fundraiser was organised for a breast cancer charity – since then the Strabane Strictly has become an annual event and has raised over £500,000 for 17 different charities.

Last year alone the Strictly pulled in a staggering £27,000 and with even bigger plans in place to mark this year’s milestone organiser Paul Mullan is hoping to surpass that amount.

“We are pulling out all the stops for this year’s two night event,” said Paul.

“Everything is going to be completely different this time around as we are putting on our biggest ever show to date. We have 33 couples taking part with some former dancers making a return appearance. We will also be covering every genre of dance used throughout the past decade. We are also very excited about introducing live singers for the first time.

“Over the years we have worked with 17 different charities and this year each of them will get a bite of the cake,” continued Paul. “The two main charities benefiting from this year’s event will be the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Foyle Hospice, and we are still appealing for local businesses to sponsor the event.”

Once again this year’s Strictly will take place at St Pat’s Hall – a venue which has become synonymous with the sparkle and shine of Strictly.

The dancers will be taking to the floor for two nights, on December 1 and December 2, and tickets for the event will go on sale shortly.

Behind all the razzmatazz of Strictly however there is a very serious matter at the heart of this charity endeavour as Paul explains, “Donations and sponsorship are always greatly welcomed.

“We really want to make this special occasion even more memorable by beating last year’s amount and I would ask those wishing to make a contribution to contact us via the Strictly by M Dancin’ facebook page.”

Paul, along with his wife Rosemary and daughter Sarah-Jane, were recognised for their dedication to the charities who benefit from the Strictly nights when they lifted this year’s Pride of Strabane Award at the Strabane Business Awards.

• Get ready for two fantastic nights of entertainment at the very special tenth anniversary shows at St Pat’s Hall on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2 at 7.30pm.

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