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St Pat’s Hall filled to capacity as ‘Strictly’ couples strut their stuff on the dancefloor

Thursday, 8 December 2016

St Pat’s Hall filled to capacity as ‘Strictly’ couples strut their stuff on the dancefloor thumbnailSt Pat's Hall, Strabane, staff enjoying the 'Strictly Come Dancing' show which was held in the venue at the weekend.

WEEKS of grit and determination paid off with the showstopping grand finale of the ever-popular 'Strictly Come Dancing' which returned to Strabane at the weekend - for the ninth consecutive year.

St Patrick's Hall was packed to the rafters on Friday and Saturday night as 23 enthusiastic couples strutted their stuff on the dancefloor, showcasing a variety of dances including cha-cha, jive, the rumba, fox trot, the waltz and line-dancing!

The event, which brings together a group of novice dancers has continued to grow in popularity every year since 2008 when it was first staged at the local venue.

The group have been put through their paces for 13 weeks by a team of well experienced dancers, culminating in the weekend's shows.

Waltzing away as individual title winners on Friday night were Oran Catterson and Anne-Marie McColgan,who impressed both the judges and the audience with their nifty footwork during a variety of dances. The group winners were 'The Jets'.

On Saturday night, the individual winners were David McGoldrick and Paula McElroy with 'The Sharks' taking the group title.

As with every other year, there was a serious side to the fun in that local charities in the town benefited from all the proceeds raised including Strabane Parish, who hosted the event, Macmillan Cancer Care, the Coronary Care Department in Altnagelvin Hospital and the SAN-NAS autism support group in the town.

Organisers of the show - which has become a 'must have' for many in Strabane - have described this year's show as yet another 'resounding success'.

"The organising team would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone who helped to make this year's event another success, in particular to all our business sponsors, dancers, their families, supporters and the general public and to all who come out in support of this event every year," they said.

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