Published: 11/02/2018 13:00 - Updated: 08/02/2018 14:20

First Come Dancing fundraiser in Inverness

Written byVal Sweeney


The event will raise funds for Poppyscotland next month.

EIGHT novice dancers will take to the floor next month in an inaugural competition to help provide life-changing support to the armed forces community. 

Come Dancing with Poppyscotland, to be held at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness on Friday, March 16, aims to raise thousands of pounds for the charity. 

Based on the same format as the hit BBC show, eight individuals with no previous dance experience have been paired up with eight professional dancers.

Each couple is currently learning one Latin and one ballroom dance, with both to be performed on the night. Contestants include proud military wife Claire Bellshaw, whose husband Mark serves with 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch).

Mrs Bellshaw, who also sings with the Inverness Military Wives Choir, is paired up with Craig Beveridge, husband of event organiser Frances who is also Poppyscotland’s north of Scotland regional fundraiser.

Mrs Beveridge said the couples were working morning, noon and night to perfect their dances.

"There will be a trophy for the best dancing couple and a trophy for the individual who raises the most money for Poppyscotland," she said.

"What’s particularly special about the event from our point of view is that the eight contestants all have links to the armed forces community."

Tickets to the event, which includes a post-show disco, cost £29. More information is available by calling 01463 701764, or visiting the Poppyscotland Welfare Centre in Strothers Lane, Inverness.

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