Dancing fans Ron Golding and Carmella Centro from Anchor’s Ingleborough retirement property in Enfield have won a place in a national grand final after beating rivals in a regional competition yesterday.

The pair, who have been dancing together for more than nine years, swept the other entrants aside to be crowned winners of the London and East final of Anchor’s Strictly Dancing Competition.

Crowds gathered at Denham Garden Village hall in Buckinghamshire to watch the fiercely fought competition to determine who would represent the region in the grand final at the Rivoli Ballroom in south London on 16 October.

Ron, 72, who lives at Ingleborough retirement property in Cavell Drive, said: “It was a lovely feeling and very unexpected.  Carmella and I really enjoy dancing and regularly dance with a ceroc group at All Saints Church in Whetstone.”

All the dancers came under scrutiny from a panel of judges including Trevor West, who is Anchor’s London Regional Operations Director.

Trevor said: “The judges were looking for the most creative dance skills and while the standards and enthusiasm were very high, Carmella and Ron really stood out.

“This was a lot of fun but there is also a serious aspect to this competition - raising money for national charity Contact the Elderly which holds tea parties every month for people over 75 who live alone.

“Anchor’s residents are fortunate as they are surrounded by friends and caring staff but those living alone can suffer from depression and social isolation because they endure weeks without having the opportunity to speak to anyone.”

A raffle held at the event raised more than £100 for the Contact the Elderly which is based in central London.

Carmella and Ron will now face the grand final judges who include former Come Dancing presenter Angela Rippon and Anchor’s Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft.

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