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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

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Workington's Strictly Come Dancing stars tickets on sale now

Get ready to rumba! Tickets go on sale today for a show by two stars of Strictly Come Dancing in Workington in May.


West Cumbria will be grabbed by Strictly fever as Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova waltz into town for an unforgettable chance for the audience to get up close and personal in a unique show.

The performance, presented by the Times & Star at St Joseph’s School, Harrington Road, on May 19, is part of Workington’s Paint the Town Red festival.

As top professional dancers, Darren and Lilia are both past winners of the hit BBC One TV series and are about to start a national tour.

They have agreed to stop off in Workington to help Paint the Town Red raise as much money as possible for Hospice at Home West Cumbria,
which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Darren said: “We’re really looking forward to coming to Workington for Paint the Town Red and experiencing West Cumbrian hospitality.

“What makes the event so special is the fact that it’s raising money for a worthy cause.

“Hospice at Home West Cumbria does a terrific job and we're proud to be a part of its anniversary celebrations.”

The married couple are the most successful professionals in the history of Strictly Come Dancing, having won seven trophies between them.

Darren won the second series with EastEnders actress Jill Halfpenny, and Lilia won when she partnered ex-England cricketer Darren Gough in 2005.

Her husband still choreographs many of the group dances on the show.

While at St Joseph’s School, it is expected they will dance, take part in a question-and-answer session, teach dance moves to some audience members, and sign autographs and pose for photographs.

If time allows it is hoped that they will visit the festival’s main stage on Pow Street to say hello to the crowds.

Helen Irving, chairwoman of the festival committee, said: “We are delighted that Darren and Lilia could take time out of their schedules to visit Workington and they are excited about coming to the town.

“It promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all those Strictly fans out there.

"Normally these dancers are on massive tours, but here they will be in a much more intimate setting.

“It is a great addition to what promises to be a fantastic line-up of events for all the family.

"We urge everyone to come along and help us paint the town red!”

Tickets, at £10, are limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.
They are available from:

  • Times & Star, 21-23 Oxford Street, Workington,
  • Times & Star at Her Citi, Crosby Street, Maryport
  • Shill’s of Station Street, Cockermouth.

Cash only can be accepted.


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