Hitchin Come Dancing event is roaring success

PUBLISHED: 06:58 13 November 2018

Hitchin author Zoe Folbigg and Jason Wood performed a quickstep . Picture: Geoff Ide

Hitchin author Zoe Folbigg and Jason Wood performed a quickstep . Picture: Geoff Ide

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Twelve couples took to the dance floor in aid of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at an event organised by a Hitchin woman who lost her husband to the disease.

Hitchin author Zoe Folbigg and Jason Wood performed a quickstep . Picture: Geoff IdeHitchin author Zoe Folbigg and Jason Wood performed a quickstep . Picture: Geoff Ide

Hitchin Come Dancing saw 200 guests turned out to watch the performances of ‘local celebrities’ paired with professional dancers at the town hall last Saturday night.

The night was the brainchild of Maggie Killingbeck, who lost her husband Steve to pancreatic cancer in 2012 and has been fundraising to help research into the disease – which has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer.

Hitchin author Zoe Folbigg and Jason Wood were crowned the winners of the first Hitchin Come Dancing . Picture: Geoff IdeHitchin author Zoe Folbigg and Jason Wood were crowned the winners of the first Hitchin Come Dancing . Picture: Geoff Ide

Maggie said: “Having lost my husband very suddenly to pancreatic cancer six years ago, I’ve raised money for the charity annually – and this year I came up with the idea for Hitchin Come Dancing.

“While it was a huge undertaking, the commitment and support of everyone involved was inspiring and the generosity of local businesses and Hitchin residents has been heartwarming.

Maggie hopes to have raised more than £10,000 with the Hitchin Come Dancing event Picture: Geoff IdeMaggie hopes to have raised more than £10,000 with the Hitchin Come Dancing event Picture: Geoff Ide

“The evening itself was all I could have wished for. The participants were incredible, the guests were wholly supportive and the behind-the-scenes team was fabulous. I have received enthusiastic requests from other Hitchin faces to be involved next year.”

Consilium Financial Planning sponsored the event, which Maggie hopes will raise more than £10,000 once all the funds have been added up.

Hitchin Come Dancing took place on Saturday at Hitchin Town Hall Picture: Geoff IdeHitchin Come Dancing took place on Saturday at Hitchin Town Hall Picture: Geoff Ide

Among the dancers was Priory School headteacher Geraint Edwards, who kicked things off with a waltz alongside his partner Jenny Durdey.

He said: “Hitchin Come Dancing pulled people together from all corners of Hitchin to raise money for a fantastic cause,

Hitchin Come Dancing was organised by Maggie Killingbeck in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research Picture: Geoff IdeHitchin Come Dancing was organised by Maggie Killingbeck in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research Picture: Geoff Ide

“Dancing is a real challenge, training was hard with sore feet, tender calf muscles and sleepless nights dreaming of steps and routines.

“But the evening brought glamour and sophistication to the town hall with all contestants and audience members taking part in this inaugural event.

The dance event invited spectators, who packed out Hitchin Town Hall. Picture: Geoff IdeThe dance event invited spectators, who packed out Hitchin Town Hall. Picture: Geoff Ide

Much like Strictly, four judges rated the dancers on technique, style, musicality and entertainment.

There was also a musical interlude from Hitchin singer Alex Francis, while West End professionals Rebecca Lisewski and Liam Marcellino danced for guests as the scores were being counted.

Hitchin Ladies rugby player Amanda Day and Mick Carpenter performed a jive at the Hitchin Come Dancing competition. Picture: Geoff IdeHitchin Ladies rugby player Amanda Day and Mick Carpenter performed a jive at the Hitchin Come Dancing competition. Picture: Geoff Ide

Zoë Folbigg, who penned bestselling novel The Note, and dancing partner Jason Wood were the winners on the night.

If you would like to donate to the cause you can do so through Zoe’s fundraising page at justgiving.com/zoe-folbigg.

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