I could have danced, all lunchtime...

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There’s no such thing as a free lunch – as Mayor Brian White and Citizen editor Olga Norford discovered on Monday.

They were visiting the Brooklands Centre in Newport Pagnell to join a group of the town’s pensioners for a roast chicken dinner.

But when it came to the post lunch entertainment, Brian and Olga had no chance of chickening out.

For the pair are among the line-up of celebrity dancers taking part in the Strictly MK charity extravaganza on October 26.

When Brooklands organiser Catherine Hall put on some waltz music, they agreed to give a sneak preview of their newly acquired dancing skills.

The impromptu waltz earned a round of applause and a verdict of “very good” from the audience.

This was a grade below the “excellent” Olga and Brian had awarded the two-course meal, which is home-cooked by volunteers at the Brooklands lunch club.

“We cook everything from scratch here. The elderly and housebound people of Newport Pagnell deserve the best,” said one volunteer, who is 86 herself.

Meanwhile Brian, Olga and other Strictly MK contestants are busy rehearsing several times a week for their dancing debut.

Said Olga: “It’s now Strictly scary. The rehearsals are becoming a lot more intense and we’re all getting a bit nervous.

“The worrying thing it’s one thing learning the routines – but quite another actually performing the dances.”

The main Strictly MK event promises to be a glittering occasion in front of an audience of 1,400 people.

The celebrity dancers will each be partnered by a semi-professional dancer, with finalists chosen by audience text votes on the night, combined with a panel of celebrity judges. The winning couple will be chosen by the audience

Former tennis ace and sports broadcaster Andrew Castle will be MC on the night. Andrew appeared on Strictly Come Dancing alongside professional dancer Ola Jordan.

Showbiz reporter Richard Arnold, who also appeared on the popular BBC show, will join the judges.

The sequins and salsa event will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care and Willen Hospice.

Tickets are available from the box office at www.strictlymk.co.uk