BBC Strictly dance rule is not so strict

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The Strictly MK charity dance event is no longer in jeopardy after the BBC retracted its threat of an injunction this week.

City dancers can now step out next month with the BBC’s blessing following a meeting with the corporation’s lawyers on Monday.

The Citizen revealed last week how distraught organiser Lindsey Inchbald received a 19 page letter from the BBC legal team saying she had breached copyright rules.

She tried in vain to talk to the lawyers, but they continued the injunction threats.

With sponsors’ money already invested in branding and tickets, it would have cost thousands to change the Strictly MK title, she said.

This would have drastically reduced the amount of profit the organisers could donate to their chosen charities, Willen Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Citizen helped save the day by talking directly to the official Strictly Come Dancing production team, who knew nothing of the threat.

Within minutes the team had organised a meeting between lawyers, Lindsay and co-organiser Accursio Romeo to reach a compromise. The details of the compromise must be kept secret.

But a spokesman for the Strictly Come Dancing show told the Citizen: “The BBC has been in discussion with the event organisers and all are pleased that the event will be going ahead.”

Now Lindsey is busy putting the final touches to the two-day spectacular next month, which features Citizen editor Olga Norford and city Mayor Brian White among the celebrity dancers.

It will be held at the Indoor Equestrian Centre at Slapton over the weekend of October 26 and 27.

The first day will be the dance contest, complete with celebrity host and judges. The second will be a juniors competition with organisations and schools from all over the city taking part.

Dancing mayor Brian was this week delighted the show could go on – and is busier than ever practising his slick dance moves.

“I’m thrilled we were able to secure an agreement with the BBC and I thank everybody who has helped, including the Citizen,” he said.

“Now the pressure is on us dancers to put on a superb show for the people of Milton Keynes. And, as somebody who seems to possess two left feet, that’s a daunting prospect for me!”

Tickets are now available on www.strictlymk.co.uk