Published: 06/04/2018 14:23 - Updated: 06/04/2018 14:28

Lossie Does Strictly - the pics

strictly"MILES better then the tele" – that was the verdict on Lossie Strictly Come Dancing.

The event sold out the town hall on the Friday evening and twice again the following Saturday as the dancers took to the floor.

A total of 11 couples competed, with a capacity audience of 220 spectators watching each of the three contests.

One of the organisers, Julie Williams, said: "The event just keeps going from strength to strength every year.

"It brings everyone together and it also raises a lot of money for good causes locally – this year £8000.

"It’s a lot fun but the dancers also put in a lot of effort, as did all the volunteers. We want to thank everyone, from the people who came along to watch to the teams who did the hair and make-up."

From January onwards local dancing enthusiasts Fiona and Ian Sneddon put in a total of 320 hours working with the couples to help them prepare for the contest.

Friday’s contest was won by Ranald and Audrey Ferguson who were dancing an American Smooth and a Foxtrot. Victors in the Saturday matinee were Andrew Riddock-Allan and waltz partner Heather.

Saturday evening’s event was won by Donald Beattie and Dawn Clark who performed a Viennese Waltz.

The panel of judges was made up of Raymond Woods, Jimmy Edwards, Alan McDonald, Ian Allan and Mairi Burnett, while the two comperes for the event were Callum McLeod and Wendy Devine.

Some of the £8000 raised will go to help upkeep the town hall, while another part will help pay for a group of Lossiemouth High School pupils who are travelling to Borneo to volunteer.

Yet more will go to Rotaract Moray, the Lossiemouth Fisheries Fisherman’s Museum, the youth cafe and the National Association for Crohn’s and Colitis.strictlystrictlystrictly

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