Falkirk Wheelchair Dancers take to the floor for Scotland

The New Wheelies will represent Scotland at a wheelchair dancing competition
The New Wheelies will represent Scotland at a wheelchair dancing competition

A group of wheelchair dancers will be dressed to thrill in the finest ‘Strictly Come 
Dancing’ costumes thanks to a lottery grant.

The New Wheelies dancers are representing Scotland at the Wheelchair Dancing Championships in Blackpool next month.

And thanks to a £6100 grant from Awards for All Scotland, the group will be decked in sequins, sparkle and satin.

Dance teacher Walter Campbell Cairns said the Big Lottery Funding was a weight off his shoulders.

He said: “Our dancers range in age from their 20s to 80s so finding something that suits everyone, fits the themes and is affordable is very difficult. This money means I don’t have to worry so much about the cost and we can have better costumes than ever.”

The New Wheelies formed in 1995 and meet once a week in St Luke’s Church in Banknock. As they are representing Scotland, the group has to enter every dance - all 16 of them - making the once-a- week rehearsal vital.

Water said: “There is a lot to fit in and I’ll admit, we’re probably the underdogs.

“Some of the bigger teams in England meet several times a week and have full time coaches. I work and volunteer as a dance teacher so we can’t meet more often.

“The team is really strong, and I think there is a good chance we’ll do well.”

Walter is not dancing in the contest as coaches cannot take part. The full team is: James Kelly, Caroline Stewart, Kate Walsh, Pauline Marshall, Sharon Calow,Billy Calow, Alice Brodie, Jackie Morrison, Marion Burns, Gordon Syme and Shirley Rae.

The championships will be held on November 8.