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Milford Haven retired nurse will appear on national dance competition 

Anne Jackson

A RETIRED Milford Haven nurse, Anne Jackson, will feature on “Dance Floor Heroes” on Friday (Feb 24) after impressing the panel and winning a place in the finals as the show’s only Welsh finalist.

The event will be held at Blackpool Winter Gardens later this week. 

The glamorous show is presented by Tia’s Crown, a national charity that supports mental health and wellbeing through the medium of dance. All performers will be raising funds for the charity.

She has been paired with the professional ballroom dancer Martin Rycroft, who lives in Hundleton, Pembrokeshire, which is only 11 miles away from Anne’s home. 

The duo began rehearsing their captivating foxtrot routine several weeks ago. They will be dancing to the popular song ‘Love You I Do’ by Jennifer Hudson, known from the movie ‘Dreamgirls’. 

The pair have creatively named their little team “The Foxy Dragons”, as they will be performing the foxtrot and with a little nod to their home country.

The judges will include Strictly Come Dancing ex-professionals Lilia Kopylova, Kristina Rihanoff, Pasha Kovalev, Flavia Cacace and Ian Waite. As well as the current professional, Nikita Kuzmin.

Anne has already danced her way through a rigorous selection process to emerge as one of the 12 finalists who will be competing for the trophy.

Since then, Anne and Martin have been practising for the live show while raising money for Dance Floor Heroes. 

Alongside hosting events and raffles, Anne has set up a JustGiving page.

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Tickets to the live show can be bought here. Tickets cost £38. 

The show will also be live streamed here. It costs £30 to watch the show live. £26 will be donated directly to the Tia’s Crown charity. 

Those who watch the competition at home will also be able to vote via the live stream. 

After purchase, the show will be available to watch for the next 48 hours.