‘Prancing’ raises £10k

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A charity dance event has raised over £10,000 in aid of the dementia support group the Forget-Me-Not club.

The ‘Strictly Come Prancing’ fundraiser was dreamed up by senior pupils at Banchory Academy and Peter Ferguson of PDF Productions, who also co-hosted the evening along with Northsound 1’s Yazz.

The Forget-Me-Not club offers support to people with dementia and their carers on Deeside and the money raised will help to provide resources for the group.

The dance competition saw eight couples performing a two-minute tango to a capacity crowd in Banchory Town Hall, who also had the chance to vote for their favourite.

The audience vote counted for half the total with the other half coming from a panel of four judges.

Deeside Dance Centre supplied two judges, David Robertson and Gillian Dey, as well as a troupe of can-can dancers who started the evening. The other judges were retired theatrical Molly Thomson and Mike Rumbles MSP.

Heather Morrison, Forget-Me-Not Operations Director and Banchory Academy PE teacher Fraser Munro were crowned winners of the competition.

It was role-reversal as Heather wore the trousers and a Charlie Chaplain moustache and Fraser donned a purple dress.

Heather said: “This event has captured the imagination and interest of many people. The 6th year pupils from Banchory Academy who were involved put 100% into it to making it such a success.”

Heather admitted she was amazed at the amount of money the dance event raised and praised everyone who took part.

She added: “The total raised was way above our expectations and it is always a joy for the charity to have its profile raised at the same time.

“The Prancers have been truly amazing and their commitment of time to practice is witness to their desire to help others.”

“With Peter of PDF in the driving seat the event was slick and professional.”

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