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Strictly dancers line up for next year's Highland Hospice fundraiser

By Jamie Hall

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Strictly 2019
Strictly 2019

Preparations for the tenth annual edition of Strictly Inverness are well under way.

The competition, which pits amateur dancers against each other in aid of Highland Hospice and Inverness Ice Centre, has raised more than £1 million over the last decade.

The competitors face a gruelling training schedule in the lead-up to the event, which will be held in May.

To mark the 10th anniversary, the hospice’s communications officer Wendy Morgan says organisers are planning to make the 2019 event the best yet.

“It’s the tenth anniversary so there are a few surprises in store,” she said.

“We are just hoping to make it bigger and better than it ever has been before.

“We want it to be the biggest one we have had yet.

“To have raised over £1 million for the charities over the last 10 years is fantastic. I don’t think anyone expected it to reach the scale it has done.

“We would love to beat our record total. The highest was in 2016 when we raised over £265,000.

“That was an exceptional year so to get anywhere close to that again would be absolutely unbelievable.

“Everyone really enjoys the experience and it’s definitely one of the best nights of the year in Inverness.

“It’s pretty intense training. They all do at least three hours a week plus their fundraising.

“Over the festive period they will meet up with their partners and get to know each other before the training starts properly in January.

“Hopefully they will come back after Christmas raring to go.”

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