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An armed forces charity has relaunched a popular event put on hold for two years due to Covid

By Imogen James

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Margaret MacPherson, Neil MacKenzie, Caitlin Murray and Catherine Musgrave.
Margaret MacPherson, Neil MacKenzie, Caitlin Murray and Catherine Musgrave.

Come Dancing with Poppyscotland seeks out novice dancers to be paired with professionals from local school Toe2Toe to compete in a Strictly-style competition.

Eight teams have already began preparing with tutored dance sessions.

Catherine Musgrave, a novice dancer from Lochardil, said: “We’ve been in training since September, and it’s been an absolute joy. I’d never done any dancing before this and am doing around six sessions per week now. I think I’m hooked for life! We will be performing two dances: the tango and the rumba. I can’t wait.”

Overseeing the training are Tristian and Jen Hill from Toe2Toe Dance, who have partnered with Poppyscotland since the event’s creation in 2016. Tristian said: “We’ve got another great group, both our own experienced dancers and our newcomers. We have thrown a lot at them in the first few weeks of training, but they are picking it all up and getting better every week.”

Poppyscotland’s head of fundraising and learning, Gordon Michie, added: “We are delighted that we can finally stage Come Dancing With Poppyscotland in association with Toe2Toe Dance after a two-year enforced break because of the pandemic. This event has raised over £70,000 to support Poppyscotland’s vital, life-changing services for our armed forces community and support is needed now more than ever.

“Due to the growing popularity, we have spread the event over two nights with the first night having a family theme. It has become the largest event of its kind in the north of Scotland and we really hope the public will join us for a great couple of nights.”

The event will take place in the Drumossie Hotel on April 1 and 2.

Tickets can be bought online.

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