A former star of Strictly Come Dancing showed off his footwork as he visited Aberdeen airport to raise funds for charity.
Ian Waite, who appears on the BBC show’s spin-off It Takes Two, was at Aberdeen International Airport yesterday to support Comic Relief.
The event was organised in conjunction with British Airways’ (BA) charity Flying Start, which supports the Comic Relief Appeal. Ian, 48, who got dressed up in a red tutu for the occasion, began his day by entertaining passengers on a flight from Heathrow.
He then helped host a bake sale and bucket collection in the terminal – and even found time to dish out a few dance lessons to some lucky travellers.
He said: “Everyone has been very, very generous. People are always a bit shy at first but when I invited them to come and have a dance they were very keen. We did a bit of salsa with them and everyone has had a lot of fun.”
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Flying Start has raised more than £20 million since its partnership with Comic Relief began in 2010 – two years ahead of its intended deadline of 2020. The money raised has helped support more than 620,000 children and young people in the UK and in some of the poorest communities around the world.
BA has also announced £2m of funding will be invested in projects focusing on early childhood development in key locations.
Flying Start’s regional executive Laura Phillips said: “Over the last two weeks we have been going all over the country getting celebrities on flights and in airports to raise awareness of the work we are doing.”
Aberdeen International Airport managing director Steve Szalay said: “Ian most definitely brought some Strictly cheer to our passengers. It was great to see so many people get involved.”
In May, Ian will return to the city with ex-Strictly star Vincent Simone for their Ballroom Boys show at the Tivoli.
Elsewhere, Strictly hosts Tess Daley and Claudia Winkleman raised more than £782,000 for Comic Relief during a 24-hour danceathon which ended last night at the BBC Radio 2 studios.