Dancing couple: We will be comical duo

Competitors in the Strictly Florence competition. Husband and wife Richard and Teresa Williams from Aylesbury
Competitors in the Strictly Florence competition. Husband and wife Richard and Teresa Williams from Aylesbury

Teresa and Richard Williams of Walton Way, Aylesbury are one of 12 couples who will be taking part in a dance competition at the Waterside in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Strictly Florence, in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice, will be performed in front of BBC television’s Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood on Sunday October 6.

Teresa and Richard have never danced together and didn’t even do so at their wedding because they got married in Vegas.

Mrs Williams, a full time mum, said: “We will be the comedy duo, Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant.”

On their application form for the competition Mrs Williams said she would sit in a bath of beans to raise the £400 each couple has to commit to the hospice.

“That will be a last resort,” she said. “I’m hoping we raise it through a cake sale and sponsorship from friends and family.”

She said she and her husband, who runs an IT company, were excited when they heard they were one of the lucky couples chosen for the adventure.

“We’re now on a big detox, trying to lose weight and get fit. Richard says if he has to pick me up he’s in trouble.”

Mrs Williams was a Bluecoat at Pontins in her youth and has waltzed but her husband has never danced.

The cha cha cha and tango, which they will perform at the show – which is open to the public – are completely new to both of them.

Rehearsals start at Elmhurst on August 25 with help from dance school GB Dance.

Each couple has to bring their own dance shoes, but outfits will be provided.

Mrs Williams said: “ I’m very excited, I hope I can get hair extensions and a fake tan.”

Joining Mr Revel Horwood on the judging panel will be Chinnor-based celebrity chef Lotte Duncan, Scott Cole, dance choreographer and brother of Brendan Cole, and former professional dancer Jean Orchard.

Tickets are on sale now from the Waterside box office 0844 871 7607.