AMATEUR dancers put their best foot forward as they competed in a Strictly Come Dancing style competition.

The hot-steppers performed the jive, tango and rock and roll at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Clayton-le-Moors as part of East Lancashire Hospice’s first Strictly Dance event.

Eight couples took to the floor in the showcase to compete for the coveted ‘Glitter Ball’ prize, all whilst raising over £6,000 for the hospice.

Three trophies were awarded on the night, with the grand ‘Glitter Ball’ prize presented to Theresa Watson, from Blackburn, and Robin Lamb, from Darwen.

The couple, who were partnered through the hospice, said: “When we first started our Strictly Dance journey we never expected to win. We’re over the moon.

“We are very proud that we’re the first ever winners of the Glitter Ball trophy.

The winners of the ‘Most Sponsorship Raised’ prize were husband and wife team Ram and Nidhi Gupta from Nybble IT in Blackburn, who raised over £1,500.

The dancers were trained by freelance choreographer Daniel Mason, who had just 10 weeks to turn the group of beginners into fully fledged performers.

Fundraiser at the hospice, Leanne Green, said: “This is our first Strictly Dance event and what a huge success it was.

“We’ve had amazing support from all 16 participants who have raised money for patient care.”

Hosted by Paul Winstanley and Olly Houldsworth, the showcase included live entertainment from dancers Paige Brett and Daniel Mason and singing girl group CJLJ.

For more information about taking part in next year’s Strictly Dance event, or to donate to East Lancashire Hospice, contact the fundraising department on 01254 287011.