Strictly Kershaw’s is back for a spectacular fourth year.
Monday 10th September 2018 @ 12:28 by Anna Fletcher
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Oldham’s answer to TV sensation Strictly Come Dancing has just revealed the line-up for its spectacular fourth year.

Strictly Kershaw’s, which raises money for the hospice, first performed in 2015 and since then has proved a big hit with Hospice supporters. This year’s show will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday November 2.

Experienced dancers from the Shaw-based ‘Madd for Dance’ will mentor competitors under the watchful eyes of owners Sean and Carol Madden.

Dancing into the spotlight for 2018 are:

Michelle Dickens (Head Teacher)

Head teacher to four schools, Michelle Dickens has just turned 50 and is excited for the experience of dancing a Salsa and Rumba in a Latin dress custom made by her sister. Having lost her mum back in 2016, Michelle can’t wait to raise money in her mum’s memory for the hospice where she was cared for.

Claire Egerton (O’Donnell Solicitors)

From O’Donnell Solicitors to Tango and Rumba, Claire Egerton loves a challenge and is hoping to make her taskmaster dance partner, Jack and her dad proud. After losing her mum and auntie to cancer, Dr Kershaw’s is a cause close to her heart.


PC Damieon Hartley-Pickles (local policeman)

Damieon Hartley-Pickles aka PC Pickles will dance the Paso Doble and is hoping to place anywhere but last on the leaderboard. He can’t wait for his wife to see his new and improved moves and to continue to help raise funds for Oldham Police’s much supported charity.


Mick Sheehan (Home Instead)

Home Instead manager, Mick ‘Twinkle Toes’ Sheehan is eager to perfect his ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ Charleston and believes we could well win the Dr Kershaw’s Glitterball!


Joe Warburton (Heyside Cricket Club chairman)

Usually prone to dad dancing, Chairman of Heyside Cricket Club, Joe Warburton will be dancing a Salsa and Tango routine. He’s looking forward to taking part, raising money for his local hospice and getting through his routine without forgetting any of it (hopefully)!


Kwok Wong (Ree Ming Chinese owner)

Owner of popular Chinese takeaway ‘Ree Ming’, Kwok Wong is hoping to Cha Cha and Foxtrot his way to the top. Colour Blast regular Kwok enjoys dancing but has never done anything like this before.

The six have already been paired up with their dance partners and have started regular rehearsals to build their routines.


Sean said: “We are delighted to be able to support Strictly Kershaw’s again this year. Our dancers really enjoy working with the competitors.

“It is a big commitment from both our team and those who are learning to dance but they will really enjoy the experience and do something that they never thought they would be able to achieve – dance in front of hundreds of people.”

Previous winners of the Kershaw’s Glitterball are Jenny McDermott owner of The Edge Hair Salon in Lees and wife of former international rugby league player Barrie McDermott, Paul Firth Kershaw’s Crooners choirmaster and Andy Donnelly Operations Controller at Spectrum Brands

Previous competitors have included Oldham RL chairman Chris Hamilton, then leader of the Council Cllr Jean Stretton and former Editor of the Oldham Chronicle David Whaley, now the Hospice’s Income Generation and Communications Manager.

This year’s show will be hosted by Dave Thompson who was part of the judging panel at last year’s event.

Judges this time around include dancer Lee Marsh and Saddleworth School dance teacher Cath Wolfenden. Others to be announced shortly.

As well as the six pairs, who each dance twice, there will be a ballroom dance demonstration and a performance by local group Fierce Dance.

Tickets for Strictly Kershaw’s (priced £40 including a two-course meal + cheese and biscuits) are now available and are expected to sell fast. Contact the Hospice fundraising team on 0161 624 9984 or go to the Hospice website at