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Hull Success For Strictly Star

Children in Hull were spun off their feet when Strictly Come Dancing star Brian Fortuna paid them a visit.

The star appeared at a fundraising dance workshop in the city’s Fruit venue in aid of the Echoes Foundation.

The Echoes Foundation is a new charity in Hull that aims to raise enough money to open a therapy centre for children with special and additional needs. It is hoped the centre will have a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and sensory garden among its facilities.

Strictly fan Emily Clough, 10, was one of those lucky enough to dance with Brian Fortuna during his appearance. She said: “”I love Strictly and I really enjoyed dancing with Brian. All my friends love the show too. They say mobile phones were only invented so people could vote on Strictly.”

Georgia Roe, 16, also managed to get a dance with the star. She said: “It was really great dancing on stage with him, he is a really good dancer.

“I am a dancer at NAPA in Hull so it has been a big boost meeting Brian. I’m going to be telling all my friends at school about it.”

The star’s workshop was part of a 1940s themed day, which included stalls, a street party and bunting. There were performances by Morris dancers and the Hull Ladies Choir sang Hits from the Blitz. More than 500 people visited the event, which raised more than £1, 300 for the Echoes Foundation.

Organiser Olivia Hare said: “This has been the biggest event, and most exciting, the Echoes Foundation has done and I really hope the charity can hold similar ones like this in future.”

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