Twinkle-toes and dancing shoes combined to raise a five-figure sum for charity as Strictly Bedford came to a head.
The local celebrities were Zac Resinato, Hannah Barbour, Luke Nichols, Angharad Hughes, Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller, Amy Rance, Ian Pryce, Kerry Cash, Don Gillett, Mike Holmes, Kelly McKenzie, Helen Hitchcock and Chief Constable Alfred Hitchcock.
But after tough competition the winners were revealed.
Amy Rance, sports development officer at Bedford Borough Council, was the winner on Saturday with her court ballroom partner Graham Beasant, raising money for Cancer Research.
Zak Resinato of Jagged Edge in Bedford High Street was victorious on Sunday with court ballroom partner Kelly Lockwood, raising money for Sue Ryder.
Around 600 people watched the event on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, at Bedford School. A total of around 15,000 was raised for the dancers’ nominated charities.
The event organised by Cheryl Sutton saw a separate competition on each day with the first and second rounds judged by a panel which included Rio, Director of Apex Crew, Kerry Dennehy, a competitor currently ranked in the top 12 in England, a non dancing judge Richard Fuller MP, Angela Higgs Owner Simply Dance Shoes on Saturday and Megan Higgs co-owner Simply Dance Shoes on Sunday and Accursio Romeo an International Professional competitor currently ranked fourth.
The final was judged by the audience who voted for their favourite. In the final the competitors selected their favourite dance.
Saturday winner Amy Rance said “I have enjoyed every minute of my Strictly Bedford experience.
“I would like to thank Cheryl for being so patient with us and Graham for being an amazing dance partner. I have met so many lovely people in this process and would really recommend taking up Ballroom and Latin as a hobby.”
During the evenings there were dance showcases by Apex Crew, Dance4All, and Stefan Fforde Butler and Ashleigh O’Donoghue, Bedfordshire’s leading Ballroom and Latin American junior couple who train at the Court Ballroom.
Cheryl Sutton and Reg Challinor from the Court Ballroom Bedford donated many hours of their time in organising this event. Cheryl and Reg thank all of the celebrities and the Court Ballroom dancing partners partners for their hours of dedication.
Chief Constable Alfred Hitchcock said: “It was a great experience, loads of fun with a huge amount of goodwill from those attending and lots of money raised for charity. Thank you to everyone who came to watch and support the contestants and to those who generously donated to the charities.”
Court Ballroom Partners were Claire Blake, Keith Bunday, Elaine Rees, Graham Beasant, Trudy Bunday, Jeff Joynson, Georgia Ballard, Kelly Lockwood, James Cooper, Helen Radwell, Andrew Richer, Teresa Giddings and William Barr.