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WATCH: ‘If they could see how much hard work goes on behind the scenes, they would be stunned’ – Strictly Inverness organisers praised for hit event

By Federica Stefani

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Rachel Wood and Reece Mackay. Picture: James Mackenzie
Rachel Wood and Reece Mackay. Picture: James Mackenzie

Strictly Inverness – one of the top events in the Highland Capital’s calendar – returned this week culminating in the grand finale last night.

The massively popular event raised more than £300,000 for the organising charities – the Highland Hospice and the Inverness Ice Centre.

Superb dance moves, sparkly costumes and strong emotions were at the core of the four-night event towards which many have worked for.

After the main event, one of the organisers praised the hard work behind the scenes by two team members in bringing this event together.

Highland Hospice communications manager, Wendy Morgan, said: “People who attend Strictly probably don’t quite imagine the work behind the scenes in order to put this event together.

“The dancers and tutors work incredibly hard, but there is also a huge effort from the organising team.

“I am part of a team and whereas I mostly look after communications and media relations, my co-organisers Carrie Macdonald and Karen McBey pretty much have a full-time job most of the year organising this.

“They are very unassuming and never ask for any thanks, but if anyone could see the work that these two ladies put into this event, they’d be actually pretty stunned.

“From interviewing and supporting the contestants with training and fundraising to designing the costumes (and I think everyone will agree that the dancers looked phenomenal!) – I just think that Karen and Carrie are behind this whole event and I believe they deserve huge credit for what they deliver.”

Last night saw Shyreen Fyffe and Jason Kelman crowned as the winning couple at the Strictly Inverness final.

Second place was for Rachel Wood and Reece Ross, and third spot went to Beth Saunders and dance partner Darryl Geegan.

Find more Strictly Inverness pictures on our website.

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