A Preston dancing shop has come to the rescue of a major BBC drama in the nick of time.
Producers of BAFTA-winning Last Tango in Halifax, who have been shooting scenes at Hoghton Tower this week, called into Strictly Dancing in Cannon Street on Wednesday.
They were desperate to find size five-and-a-half ballroom shoes for star actress Anne Reid, who plays Celia Dawson in the Yorkshire-based drama.
They were served by 26-year-old former Euro Disney dancer Joanne White, who runs the shop with her mum Kay. Joanne said: “The costume designers came in asking for some light tan-coloured ballroom shoes for scene with Anne Reid, because the pair they’d got were too small.
“We only usually sell dark tan ballroom shoes, but we contacted one of our suppliers who managed to get something out to us specially.
“We managed to get them to the set, ready for filming on Thursday.”
She added: “Anne Reid is a big star, so it’s great that we could help out in this way, and I live in Hoghton, so she’ll be wearing them literally a mile away from my house.”
Joanne said that trade at the shop has grown and grown with the popularity of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which the premises were named after. She said: “We’re really busy with men and women aged between three and 83, who do everything from ballet, tap and street dance to ballroom and Latin. There’s lots of dance classes that are running over the summer, and we’re getting a lot getting people coming in for Christmas presents as well.”
Joanne, who has danced since the age of eight, requires all of her staff to have dancing experience so that shoppers can be given specialist information.
The inspiration to open a dance wear shop arose from a limited availability of dedicated outlets in the Preston area.
Having experienced difficulty obtaining quality affordable dance products during Joanne’s formative years, Kay promised that if the opportunity arose she would open her own dance wear shop. That opportunity came along in 2005.
Since then the pair have also kitted out Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff with shoes, and keep in touch with her regularly via text message.