Poppyscotland hosted its second annual ‘Come Dancing’ event in association with Toe 2 Toe Dance at the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel and those taking part raised a massive £25,000…

A sell-out crowd of more than 300 gathered at the hotel to watch the duo of Audrey Anderson and Toe 2 Toe dancer Paul Robertson lift the coveted ‘Glitter Ball’ top prize. The winner of the ‘Top Fundraiser trophy’ was Liz Sutherland, who raised more than £2,500.

The format of the event is similar to the popular BBC television series in that dancing pairs are made up of one beginner/amateur together with an experienced dancer from Toe 2 Toe Dance.

Glitter Ball winner Audrey, who admits herself to being something of a dancing novice, said: “To be given the opportunity to learn ballroom and Latin dance was a dream come true when I got picked. The six months of training didn’t come without a few bumps and bruises, but it was the most exhilarating experience I’ve ever had!”

Poppyscotland North of Scotland Regional Fundraiser Frances Beveridge, who organised the event, said: “We thought the first Come Dancing with Poppyscotland event was special, but this year’s really captured the imagination. Tickets sold out before Christmas and we had a crowd of more than 330 people cheering on our dancers.

“I would like to thank all our volunteers who helped at the event and our amazing judges. I’d also like to thank the businesses because, without their support, this event would not have been possible. For this I am truly grateful and it is wonderful that we were able to raise £25,278.21, which will be used to boost Poppyscotland’s life-changing support of the Armed Forces community in Scotland.”