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THE CLICKIMIN Centre is to be transformed into a sea of sequins, glitter, satin and high heels when the curtain rises on the British Heart Foundation’s Strictly Hearty Dancing event at the end of this month.

Tickets go on sale this weekend for the dancing spectacular, which takes place on Saturday 28 November, being staged by the Shetland branch of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland.

Seven couples will trade steps on the dance floor for Shetland’s equivalent of the Glitterball trophy. Organisers hope the event will raise at least £15,000 for the nation’s heart charity and its fight for every heartbeat in Scotland, helping to fund life-saving research.

Tickets for the family show are priced between £10-£15 and go on sale through Shetland Box Office, as well as in person at Islesburgh and Mareel, from 11am on Saturday.

BHF Shetland branch chairwoman Diane Watt says: “We expect tickets to go really fast, so be sure to buy them early to be guaranteed your seat for our Strictly showstopper.

“Our couples , experienced local ballroom dancers paired with complete novices, have been practicing for a couple of months now, so this event promises to be both spectacular and entertaining. We’re really grateful to have live music from the Alan Nicholson Orchestra, and have some other exciting acts lined up too.”

Dianne Leggate and her panel of judges will critique each performance, but who gets to dance their way to victory is down to the audience – who get to vote for their favourites by donating in the currency of £1 coins.

A preview and a “peep behind the scenes” will be available at a corporate event hosted by Brudolff Hotels and sponsored by DITT on Friday 20 November. There will be entertainment, chat with dancers, trainers and organisers, a raffle and an auction.

Tickets for the preview, priced £20, can be booked in advance through Dianne Watt (01595 693155), Graeme Halcrow (01595 693894) or Elaine Jamieson (07808 778723).

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