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PICTURES: Strictly Inverness dancers get top marks for fundraising quiz

By Andrew Dixon

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Andy Dixon and Ruth Mason with helpers Iona and Emily Dixon. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Andy Dixon and Ruth Mason with helpers Iona and Emily Dixon. Picture: Callum Mackay..

Around 85 people contributed to the fundraising efforts of a Strictly Inverness dance duo at a family-friendly quiz night.

Dancers Andy Dixon (Inverness Courier’s content editor) and Ruth Mason, both of Inverness, staged the event at the city’s Highland Rugby Club.

It generated almost £940 towards their ongoing fundraising efforts to aid the annual dance contest’s organisers and hosts Highland Hospice and Inverness Ice Centre.

The 80-question quiz, sponsored by Cairngorm Group, had the added attraction of a 50-prize tombola, 20-prize raffle and guess the birthdays of the stuffed Disney characters (a talking Stitch and a one metre tall Olaf) helping towards the total.

“Our fundraising has been given a huge boost after our successful quiz night so thanks to all those who supported both Andy and I with our first event,” said Ruth, a retired police officer.

“An event can only be as good as the people who come along and we are both lucky to know so many.

“It was a great opportunity for us to meet some of each other’s friends and colleagues, though we didn’t have too much time to chat as everyone was engrossed in the quiz. It was also lovely to meet Andy’s in-laws who came along to help on the night which was very appreciated.

“Andy had a well-planned itinerary which ran to schedule and I was very impressed with his skilful compering – here’s hoping our dancing ability reaches at least half the level of his public speaking.”

They are learning a samba and a rumba, as well as a group dance ahead of the contest in May.

They have more fundraising events lined up including another quiz night, a coffee morning, a race night and a masquerade ball.

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