GET ready to jitterbug, jive, swing and lindy hop the night away when The Blackpool Tower Ballroom hosts a spectacular Dance for Victory.

The unmissable fundraiser is being held as part of Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week, with all ticket proceeds from the Saturday 23 June event going to military charity Help for Heroes.

Forces sweetheart Madame Galina, who has entertained the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, will compère the dance, which features Alex Mendham and his orchestra, coming to the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom direct from London’s Savoy Hotel.

The evening will also include stars of radio and cabaret including classic burlesque act Miss Betsy Rose, comedy cabaret favourites Jones and Barnard, a circus troupe, and The Pleasure Beach Dancers.

Meanwhile, former British National Latin American finalist and Strictly Come Dancing choreographer,James Wilson and his partner Elinor Summers will step back in time to the 1940s to perform the jitterbug and a jive dressed in military uniform.

Professor Vanessa, who previously organised the popular Carnival Ball at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and is giving her time free of charge to produce this latest event, said: “People can expect an evening of glamour, excitement, romance and fun. It’s amazing to be back at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom – this is part of the thrill for me. It’s the best atmosphere in the world.

“I wanted to do this because my nephew served in the Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and when he came out it was Help for Heroes, along with the Royal British Legion, that helped him.”

Gaynor Jordan-Davis, head of regional fundraising at Help for Heroes, said: “Dance for Victory will bring together people from all backgrounds and will kick start an exciting eight days across the country. Each day, seven Service personnel are discharged from the military, and the dance is a fine way of honouring our heroes as part of Armed Forces Week.”

For tickets, visit theblackpooltower.com For more information on Armed Forces Week, go to visitblackpool.com/armedforces

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