Hunts firms key to BBC fundraiser

WHEN Strictly meets Pudsey in Cambridge next week, Huntingdonshire businesses will have helped it all happen. The event, at the University Arms, in Regent Street, is being organised by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as part of the corporation s multi-million po

WHEN Strictly meets Pudsey in Cambridge next week, Huntingdonshire businesses will have helped it all happen.

The event, at the University Arms, in Regent Street, is being organised by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as part of the corporation's multi-million pound fundraiser for the charity Children in Need on November 14.

In a special version of Strictly Come Dancing, involving the radio station's presenters, newsreaders and others, the terpsichorean 12 couples and compères Andie Harper and Godmanchester's Emma McLean will all be dressed by Fenstanton's iconic Frock Exchange.

And, as owner Shirley Mason prepares for the event, rehearsals are taking place every Sunday courtesy of the Huntingdon Marriott Hotel.


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Shirley, who is selling the business after more than half a century in the rag trade, told The Hunts Post: "I'm really pleased to be asked, even though it will be a lot of work. And it's in a really good cause, so I thought: Let's go for it."

The radio station's Pam Mungroo, who is organising the event, said Shirley would also be helping the dancers dress on the night.

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"Without her we'd be really stuffed. She is being very generous, doing it all for nothing. And the Marriott has been fantastic, too. They always make sure the dance floor is ready and make sure everyone is well watered.

"When it's all for charity, you realise just how generous people are."

The radio station hopes part of the event will be broadcast live in Look East and on national television on, by coincidence, the Prince of Wales's 60th birthday.

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