A CHARITY dance competition will be ‘Strictly by Brackley’ as prominent figures come together to support a mental health organisation.
Among the 18 contestants in the town’s version of the BBC hit programme are Magdalen College School’s head teacher Ian Colling, Roger Tyer from Macintyers Estate Agents, Tony Hunter of Skins motorcycle accessory store, Brackley Town Council’s deputy clerk Irene Bennett, Rotary Club president Chris Watts as well as the Advertiser’s very own Gavin Moore
On Tuesday evening they will meet the dancers from the Step by Step Dance dance school who they will be teamed up with for the next month and a half. Six weeks of training, learning latin and ballroom dancing will build up to a two night public final at Waynflete Hall at Magdalen College School over the first weekend in September.
Brackley Mayor Theodora Hayward is also taking part and along with fellow contestants she is gathering sponsorship to support her chosen charity MIND in Brackley.
Ms Hayward said people with mental health issues, particularly depression can feel isolated and supporting MIND was away of establishing mental health support in the town.
She added: “It’s also going to be such fun. but we’ll need to take the dancing seriously as well, which will give a great sense of achievement.”
Mrs Bennett, deputy clerk at Brackley Town Council said: “I was a little apprehensive at first but then thought what a fun experience it might be and also an opportunity to perhaps be able to get up and dance properly. I just hope that both these ambitions come to fruition.
Mr Hunter said: “First and foremost I’m doing this to support the mayor’s charity Mind in Brackley.
“And secondly, if you’d asked me five years ago I would’ve said no, it doesn’t suit my image. But having watched Strictly Come Dancing and the sportsman and celebrities, every one of them said it changed their lives and that they loved it. It’s exciting to be doing something different that you would never have done before.”