Participants who signed up for this year’s Strictly Inverness dance competition in aid of Highland Hospice and Inverness Ice Centre, are having to wait a while longer until they get their place in the spotlight.
The competition was originally planned to run from 13-16 May 2020, but was put on hold until October due to the effects of Covid-19. Organisers have now taken the decision to further postpone the 4-night dance extravaganza until Wednesday 28 April - Saturday 1 May 2021.
Highland Hospice Communications Officer Wendy Morgan explains, “There is still a huge question mark over us planning to host an event of this size so soon. It’s not just the show nights themselves, but the dancers’ ability to complete their training and fundraise safely in the run-up.”
“When our contestants finally get to perform next year, it will without a doubt be the most emotional Strictly Inverness of its 11-year history. Anton du Beke is booked to guest judge the final just as he would have done this year, and we are really pulling out all the stops to make the event truly special for all involved.”
To date, the 32 dancers have collectively raised over £65,000 for the two charities despite much of their fundraising being halted in March.
Contestant Faye Ferguson who has already raised £8,439 to support her participation, said, “I’ve loved the Strictly journey from Day One – both dancing and fundraising. Me and my dance partner Liam have raised £14,000 between us already and it’s great knowing that this will help support the Hospice’s patients and their families. Obviously we are competitive too, and just want to do the very best in every way we can. Roll on 2021 when we can get started again!”
Miss Morgan concluded, “We have a top team of dancers this year who got off to a flying start. Their commitment to fundraising has been inspiring, especially within the limitations of lockdown, and we are sure they will all hit the ground running when training resumes again in January 2021.”
“Hopefully their family and friends who initially purchased tickets will be happy to transfer these to our new dates and help us make Strictly Inverness 2021 an event to truly remember. It will certainly go down in history!”