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Strictly Corby

2015 review


The Strictly Corby 2015 event held at the Best Western Rockingham Forest hotel on Friday 16th October was an amazing success raising a whopping £34,000 for Lakelands Hospice. The total smashed last year’s previous best by almost £1000 and provided a fantastic night’s entertainment for the sell out crowd of over 450 people. The event was also broadcast live over the airwaves and screened live via the internet by the Corby Radio team. 

This 2015 winner was Carl Turner Fountain who was representing Team Andy Hall & Lakelands Hospice and his professional partner Laura Scriven, the dancers were awarded points for the amount of funds they raised in the lead up to and on the night and these where added to the judges scores for their dancing performances, the two scores combined gave Carl and Laura the overall title. 

Carl commented “It was hard work and very time consuming but a fantastic experience, the atmosphere on the night was electric although I was very nervous, I was very proud to win it for Team Andy Hall. When the winners were announced it was worth all the effort, it’s also a very proud feeling to have helped raise so much money for a great cause. “ 

Runners up this year were James Longley representing Utility Bidder & Corby Town FC and his partner Tori Nowlan who danced a brilliant Dirty Dance medley as their show dance. James also broke the individual fundraising record by raising well over £5k. In third place overall was David Renshaw representing Lloyds Bank Corby and his partner Donna Collins who performed to rapturous applause from the partisan crowd. 

Both James and David commented on what an awesome experience it was and that they are both looking to continue taking dance lessons in the future. Owner of Mashdance School of dance Shelley Davis who provided the professionals for the event commented “I was really pleased with the quality of the dancing, there were some very technical dance routines performed to a high standard, it was also amazing to have helped Lakelands raise such a fantastic amount”

If anyone is interested in taking up ballroom and Latin dancing you can find all the details on the MaSH dance website. 

Patricia Reid representing RS Components and her partner Terry West took away the Best Show dance award on the night awarded by the judges for their stunning routine “Café Rendezvous” whilst Nikki Rawson representing Morrison’s Corby and her partner Mike Gayle were awarded the “Spirit of Strictly” title given to the couple who have had the most interesting journey. Organizer Paul Marlow commented “Nikki was a really enthusiastic contestant and threw herself into the practice routines, wherever they could find a space they danced.”

Nikki who was delighted with her award said “At first I was really hesitant about taking part and needed a bit of cajoling, but once we got into the training I really enjoyed the whole experience, it was a real challenge but this makes it all worthwhile”. 

Lakelands fundraising manager Paul Marlow, whose team organize the whole event in aid of the hospice commented “We are all stunned to have beaten last year’s total by £1000, it’s a truly amazing effort by all of the dancers who really pulled together as a team to put on a professional show. This event really captures the Corby public’s imagination with the tickets selling out in just over ten minutes. The feedback from all quarters has been fantastic; The Mashdance Pop-tarts, Queens of Cardio and Vicki Louise Sherwin who performed in the intervals went down a storm and I’ve even had several people approach me after the show to put themselves forward for 2016!” 

The amount raised will go to helping Lakelands raise their annual total of £475k which with no NHS or government funding is a vital step forward in making their goals. 

Paul said “There are so many people to thank, it’s a real team effort, but without the support of the people of the Corby Borough who continue to get behind everything we do we wouldn’t be where we are today”.