Dunbar dancers raise £5,000 for lifeboat station

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A Dunbar couple showed their skills on the dance floor last weekend and raised over £5,000 for the local lifeboat station.

Barry Chisholm, methods manager at Tarmac’s Dunbar Cement Plant, and his dance partner Lyndi Thomson, manager at Dunbar’s Bank of Scotland branch, took part in a Strictly Come Dancing competition. The dancing duo took on seven other local celebrity couples to achieve third place in the competition.

Barry was invited to get involved as he is well known locally as the owner of Hamish Chisholm, the Scottie Dog, which led the teams out at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He explained: “I have never ballroom danced before, so it was a case of starting from scratch and practising hard! We danced American Smooth and the Foxtrot and it was great fun learning the dances and performing at the event. We had some fantastic support locally and I would like to thank everyone who attended and donated to the cause.”

The Strictly Come Dancing events, which were all sold out, took place on March 4 and 5 in the Strawberry Barn at Belhaven Fruit Farm in Dunbar, with the event judged by the audience.

Barry is now planning his next fundraising activity. In August he will cycle the 240 miles from the most westerly point of Scotland to the most easterly point over four days with his father Reg (who had a heart transplant 16 years ago) and his son Aaron, to raise money for Organ Donation UK.

He is also planning to tow Hamish the dog in a trailer across Scotland in September for Pedal for Scotland, cycling from Glasgow Green to Murrayfield in Edinburgh.